“Gattaca” and “S1m0ne” writer/director Andrew Niccol is set to pen the screenplay for the film adaptation of the classic Hasbro board game “Monopoly” in development at Lionsgate and Allspark Pictures.
Previously in the works at Emmett/Furla Films, Lionsgate has now taken over the project and will finance what is envisioned as a family-friendly tentpole.
The story follows a boy from Baltic Avenue who uses both Chance and Community in a quest to make his fortune. The adventure-filled journey is “about making your own luck, what makes you truly rich and avoiding jail time”.
The game itself has been played by more than a billion people in 114 countries and has been translated into forty-seven different languages. At one point Ridley Scott was attached to direct an earlier version of the film.
In a press release, Lionsgate motion picture group co-president Erik Feig says: “Hasbro is a partner with incredible global reach, one of the most compelling brand portfolios in the world, and a signature brand in Monopoly that has multigenerational appeal. Andrew Niccol is the ultimate world creator…He is an inspired choice to develop this timeless property into a big, crowd-pleasing event film that will appeal to kids, families and anyone who has ever played the Monopoly game.”
Source: Heat Vision