Bringing board games to the box office may sound ridiculous at face value, particularly if the game is "Monopoly" and the director is "Alien" and "Blade Runner" visionary Ridley Scott. But Scott and executive producer Brian Goldner, who also happens to be the CEO of "Monopoly" owner Hasbro, have a single driving plot device that they hope will get audiences' attention -- the economy.
"The whole world is about the financial markets," Goldner told MTV News. "You can’t turn on the news today without understanding the financial markets and what’s going on out there."
If there is one underlying theme that will resonate with filmgoers across the world right now, it's the drama behind money and houses. Owning railroads and big red hotels may be a little outside of that everyday scope, but Goldner, who is also producing films based on "Stretch Armstrong" and the "Ouija Board," sees a feature-length story to be told within the the "personal story" he characterizes as the "Monopoly" experience that is worthy of Scott's direction.
"He’s built these great big worlds of imagination," Goldner said of the director. "Combine that with Pamela Pettler who’s writing this great script about real people kind of playing a real-life game of ‘Monopoly,’ not the board game, although they’re icons of the game. And then you really get the idea why this story could make sense right now."
Scott seems to agree. Though he is hesitant to reveal specifics right now, he did corroborate Goldner's vision. So like it or not, there is a large-scale reality-based "Monopoly" game on its way.
"I have to direct it," the Oscar-nominated director told MTV News. "We’re in progress right now. We’re having it written. We have identified a pretty good story and it is fundamentally a movie, not a game, probably describing in a way the characters in the film, the passion of the game, and how the game came about."
Do you think Ridley Scott will be able to turn "Monopoly" into a film on par with his other works? Are there any elements from within the game that you would like to see him use? Offer up your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section below!