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Ridley Scott Confirms Monopoly Movie
Based on the boardgame

06 August 2007  |  Written by   

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When it was said several weeks back that Ridley Scott was making a movie based on the boardgame Monopoly, we outright didn't believe it. It sounded like one of those stories where 'a source' heard Scott was 'circling the project' and was 'in talks', when in fact he'd merely once played the boardgame and also happened to be a director. It sounds about as plausible as Martin Scorsese directing a Paris Hilton biopic or Stephen Sommers mounting a three-hour ode to the tanginess of cheese. But it is confirmed true.

Scott recently spoke to the Los Angeles Times about the movie and had the following to say:

"Monopoly is still the most popular board game -- I might be misquoting! -- in the world. So it's really finding the universe for that game. Because clearly it ought to be humorous and for the family -- the funny way it brings out, particularly when your uncle suddenly gets Park Lane and -- in England, we have Park Lane, Mayfair and Barclay Square, what's it in America? Park and Madison? So you watch people change. You're witness to Jekyll and Hyde. Somewhere in that is a hysterically amusing and I think rather exciting film."

As reasons to make a film, it stills seems a touch flimsy and lacking in plot, but Scott's a director who's made numerous classics out of plots that boil down to a sentence: 'There's a crew on a spaceship with a hidden alien', 'Harrison Ford hunts mutinous humanoid robots in very low-level lighting', 'A gladiator's wife and son have been killed by the emperor and he's right narked about it'. So maybe he can turn this into something. Presumably we'll shortly see a raft of boardgame movies getting the greenlight. While that fills us with utter dread, we'd totally watch Hungry Hungry Hippos: The Movie.


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Do we get 200 bucks to see it? More

Posted by Snowzi50 at 08:49 on 27 August 2007 | Report This Post

could this be???
ridley's version of Jumanji! a la monopoly mixed with Blade Runner!!! Deckerd lives on The Old Kent Rd!! More

Posted by BubbaGump Shrimps at 07:58 on 10 August 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Adanvce to Mayfair
When this film is greenlit, will the headline be...   Ridley Scott's Monopoly Advances To Go! More

Posted by Biggus at 08:54 on 08 August 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Adanvce to Mayfair
When this film is greenlit, will the headline be...   Ridley Scott's Monopoly Advances To Go! More

Posted by Biggus at 08:53 on 08 August 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Adanvce to Mayfair
L: JediBobster Oh, and Free Parking means just that! doesn'take all money that has been paid in taxes or fines Who started that malarkey?!  I wanna string 'em up. sp;   That's the best way to play! There are few experiences in life as rewarding and gleeful as collecting 2000 just fom landing on Free Parking More

Posted by Gimli The Dwarf at 01:47 on 08 August 2007 | Report This Post

Adanvce to Mayfair
I'm hoping it runs for four or five hours - with some of the audience walking out half way through due to sheer dice-rolling fatigue.   And I wonder who /b]'s gonna cast as the chappy behind bars?  That the BIG question right there.   JEDI BOBSTER   Oh, and Free Parking means just that!  It ake all money that has been paid in taxes or fines!  Who started that malarkey?!  I wanna string 'em up.         More

Posted by JediBobster at 01:30 on 08 August 2007 | Report This Post

Why? why anyone would pay to see Monopoly:The Movie I don't know, and how long would it run for? what kind of script would it have? which genius thought this through? Hollywood's gone wrong More

Posted by dave8707 at 14:09 on 07 August 2007 | Report This Post

Thats not true every christmas monoplay is brought out for the annual fun that ends up making a big argument More

Posted by Tony Soprano at 23:24 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

RE:
L: asw Jesus Christ!!!! Is Hollywood so bereft of ideas that we need Monopoly The Movie? Did anyone see that film version of Cluedo? Shit! Expect screen versions of Game of Life, Snakes and Ladders and Ludo to follow. sp; Whoa, whoa! Stop right there! There's nothing wrong with Clue. That's one of my childhood favourites. It's got loads of totally decent jokes, it's got suspense, intrigue, three different endings. It's great! ] More

Posted by jimbo909 at 23:23 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

Barclay square???
Seems he doesn't know the source material well or have I been playing a different version of the game? More

Posted by docc at 22:57 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

is monopoly the most popular board game?
the only people playing boardgames in 2007 are old men in parks, and they're not playing monopoly... More

Posted by DrZeus at 22:27 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

Hmmm, been done already?
Didn't the Simpsons already do this? The Monopoly related violnece incident? Not sure you can drag it out for a whole movie. More

Posted by damn im good! at 21:35 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

RE:
L: doctorolorinbats1975   Oh, don't be so cynical. Scott clearly knows what he's doing. For all we know, he could just nab the title and the money theme.p; It's a possibility.  It could also be a satire set around the company that makes the game. More

Posted by paul.mccluskey at 20:40 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

More Ridley Scott plot synopses....
Nuts conman finds he has a kid. Hijinks ensue. Helicopter crashes. Hijinks ensue. Orlando Bloom goes to the Middle East. Hijinks ensue. 2 Women. Hijinks. I'm betting on hijinks happening in Monopoly. More

Posted by CB at 20:28 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

empire u do realise april was a while back More

Posted by Tony Soprano at 19:54 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

My guess it will have almost no relevance to the boardgame Monopoly at all, this seems a pretty ludicrous idea. Ridley Scott should know better. hopefully this movie idea will go straight to jail. More

Posted by durelius at 19:47 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

Ridley's mental health.....
Ridley's mental health must surely be under question. He will probably announce hes gonna shoot it in 4D, with cameras made of cheese!! Whats in those cigars More

Posted by jacktorrance at 19:42 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

Monster Munch: The Movie. I know they're crisps but this is absurd. More

Posted by Quolm at 18:24 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

Waste Of Money!!!
Could Ridley Scott use the budget for Monopoly (whatever it will be) and make some other type film rather then one based on a popular board game. Although Cluedo would'nt t be so bad. I mean at least there is some kind of plot in Cluedo but Monopoly. Oh well. It would only have been a matter of time before board games were going to be adapted to movies. More

Posted by Filmfreak666 at 18:22 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

ok is this real ?anyway if he wants to make it fine he can be forgiven because American Gangster looks shit hot More

Posted by Tony Soprano at 17:50 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

He`ll have to be careful...Go For Broke went straight to video... More

Posted by Mr James at 17:29 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

what.the.fuck. 'i am the iron, owner to a hotel, visitor to marlebone, and i will have my community chest, in this gor or the next' More

Posted by pgtipsp at 16:55 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

Game for a Laugh
It’s got to be better than the film that Hirschbiegelon lt film, something about the final days of Hitler, bears very little resemblence to the task of getting ten coloured counters down to your tray before your opponents achieves the same. Other games that have had sloppy adaptations to film are ted xton to invade the personal space of untstruggled with getting his right foot to go on that green circle way over there. And a year or two ago we had ho?stead of the taut detectiv More

Posted by JediBobster at 15:38 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

Jesus Christ!!!! Is Hollywood so bereft of ideas that we need Monopoly The Movie? Did anyone see that film version of Cluedo? Shit! Expect screen versions of Game of Life, Snakes and Ladders and Ludo to follow. More

Posted by asw at 15:25 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

Already done
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=TeY1Ih0vZZ4 the hippo movie looks brilliant More

Posted by JoeMagunda at 15:16 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

Already done
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=TeY1Ih0vZZ4 the hippo movie looks brilliant More

Posted by JoeMagunda at 15:14 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

I can't see how this can possible work!! More

Posted by Rogue at 15:08 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

Jumanji? A group of yuppies pick up a mysterious board game and play it on wine and cheese night, but when the cards start being picked up they get taken by police, tax agents, beauty pageant organisers and hotel managers. More

Posted by Ethanial at 14:18 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
I reckon Kathy Bates for the old boot. More

Posted by Biggus at 14:00 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
He started off making flashy commercials; I guess some things never change. More

Posted by furrybastard at 13:54 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

RE:
L: Biggus Whatever next? M Night Shyamalan to adapt Hungry Hippos?!?! t'd be better than Lady In The Water! Thank you, good night!!! More

Posted by Wilbert at 13:29 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Why not?
Hey as long as I get to play as the car I'm happy.   So its going to be about people being very unpleasant when they cant buy the properties they like? I hope they all go to Jail, move directly to jail. Do not pass go, do not collect £200. More

Posted by shool at 13:09 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

RE: to the jokers who have taken control of Ridley Scott's brain....
I sence something along the lines of 'The Godfather' meets 'Citizen Kane'*.p;   otally shit. More

Posted by Manchurian candidate at 13:01 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

RE: to the jokers who have taken control of Ridley Scott's brain....
What an absolutely incredibly exciting idea. More

Posted by UTB at 12:48 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

to the jokers who have taken control of Ridley Scott's brain....
pls return control to Ridley immediately. IMMEDIATELY. He is a highly respected film maker, with many great films before him. What you are doing is irresponsible, not to mention dangerous. More

Posted by TheMadFatChickKiller at 12:34 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

Erm, Im pretty sure they already made a movie based one the Lord of the Rings monopoly game More

Posted by CameronJames at 12:14 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

In one sentence
"Its a film based on a board game that will send audiences to sleep" - Ridley Scott, 2008 (probably) More

Posted by Severen at 12:13 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Early/late April fools gag?
Unbelievable, this sounds really bad! More

Posted by jasperoosterveld at 12:02 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

Early/late April fools gag?
Clearly the Hollywood nitwits have run out of ideas. If turning a theme park ride into a movie sounded bad (although the end product was good) turning a board game into a movie is probably going to stink. More

Posted by jpt1976 at 11:27 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

such a brilliant idea.... NOT (thank you Borat). What's next? The Sims: The Movie? oh wait..... More

Posted by Hughezy at 10:42 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

...I've seen this before somewhere...
Anyone seen the Robot Chicken sketches where they make board games into movies...monopoly, hungry,hungry hippos, and shutes 'n' ladders. Is that the summer line-up a few years down the line? what will they make into films next, instruction manuals? "Coming this fall, tv cabinet strikes back!" More

Posted by shorty_universe at 10:29 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Why not?
L: Gimli The Dwarf L: Jessica_ca_ca_ca L: olirog Who would have thought Transfomers might actually make an acceptable movie… so why not Monopoly? I can't believe you just made that comparison ell, Scott is obviously trying something different and my first thought is that it's going to be the most unbelievable pile of crap, but… it can't be worse than A.I, right? Although the idea of Monopoly: The Movie doesn't sound "hysterically amusing” to me, it could be a surprise. More

Posted by Jessica_ca_ca_ca at 10:27 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

...I've seen this before somewhere...
Anyone seen the Robot Chicken sketches where they make board games into movies...monopoly, hungry,hungry hippos, and shutes 'n' ladders. Is that the summer line-up a few years down the line? what will they make into films next, instruction manuals? "Coming this fall, tv cabinet strikes back!" More

Posted by shorty_universe at 10:24 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Why not?
L: Jessica_ca_ca_ca L: olirog Who would have thought Transfomers might actually make an acceptable movie… so why not Monopoly? I can't believe you just made that comparison ell, Scott is obviously trying something different and my first thought is that it's going to be the most unbelievable pile of crap, but… it can't be worse than A.I, right? Although the idea of Monopoly: The Movie doesn't sound "hysterically amusing” to me, it could be a surprise. sp;   Well, consid More

Posted by Gimli The Dwarf at 10:23 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Why not?
L: olirog Who would have thought Transfomers might actually make an acceptable movie… so why not Monopoly? p;   I can’t believe you just made that comparison p; Well, Scott is obviously trying something different and my first thought is that it’s going to be the most unbelievable pile of crap, but… it can’t be worse than A.I, right? Although the idea of Monopoly: The Movie doesn’t sound “hysterically amusing” to me, it could be a surprise.   More

Posted by Jessica_ca_ca_ca at 10:11 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

Why not?
Who would have thought Transfomers might actually make an acceptable movie… so why not Monopoly? At least it won't be a remake or sequel, and if it finds a unique plot that translates the game's spirit and objectives into a 'concrete' film it could prove succesful—well… maybe… More

Posted by olirog at 09:55 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

Stuff Monopoly. I think we should have a film based around Wiggily Worms, come on the possiilities are vast lol!!!! More

Posted by plum bob at 09:53 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

RE:
Russell Crowe has been cast as the top hat. More

Posted by Rumbaabaa at 09:45 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

The hungry hungry hippos does sound interesting!! More

Posted by umer_ejaz at 09:31 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

has anyone seen robot chicken episode with the board games which have been turned into movies coz hollywood jus ran out of ideas eg, hungry hippos (tmnt parody), slip n slide (oceans eleven parody) and shoots n ladders ( starring ben stiller n owen wilson n a starsky and hutch pardoy) startin to look like hollywood rele has run out More

Posted by blink at 09:27 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

Oh, don't be so cynical. Scott clearly knows what he's doing. For all we know, he could just nab the title and the money theme. More

Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 09:17 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

Baggsy be the car!!
Seriously that sounds awfully shit, the run time will be immense. It would be much better to make a film based on operatio,n where kids find a tramp and begin to operate!! More

Posted by badmartin at 09:15 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

Whatever next? M Night Shyamalan to adapt Hungry Hippos?!?! More

Posted by Biggus at 09:10 on 06 August 2007 | Report This Post

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