A film adaptation of the classic board game Monopoly has been in the works for some time with no less than Ridley Scott at one point attached as a potential helmer. Now though, a new take is in the works at Big Beach Films with this one set to explore the origins of the board game.
Based on Mary Pilon’s 2015 book “The Monopolists” and Ralph Anspach’s book “The Billion Dollar Monopoly Swindle,” this follows the history of the game back to over a century ago when Elizabeth J. Magie Phillips created “The Landlord’s Game” as an educational tool to illustrate the negative aspects of concentrating land in private monopolies.
Thirty years later, Parker Brothers began selling a variation called Monopoly in 1935 with the game set in the streets of Atlantic City. Howard A. Rodman, WGAW president, has been hired to write the script while Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf and Diane Nabatoffare are producing.
This s different from the “Monopoly” movie in the works at Lionsgate and Hasbro, that project has “Gattaca” and “The Truman Show” scribe Andrew Niccol onboard to pen the script.