Lionsgate Funding 'Monopoly' Board Game-Themed Movie1 Jul, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Lionsgate and Hasbro July 1 announced a deal to bring the latter’s iconic board game Monopoly to the big screen.
Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA award-winning writer/producer/director Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, Gattaca, The Terminal) will write the screenplay, which will be produced by Lionsgate and Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures. Lionsgate will finance the movie.
Described as “visually sumptuous, heartwarming, and full of action and adventure,” Monopoly centers on a boy from Baltic Avenue who uses both Chance and Community in a quest to make his fortune while, of course, avoiding jail time.
“Hasbro is a partner with incredible global reach, one of the most compelling brand portfolios in the world,” Erik Feig, Lionsgate motion picture group co-president, said in a statement.
Hasbro is no stranger to Hollywood. Its branded Ouija teen horror film generated $100 million at the global box office on a $5 million production budget. The title has sold $7.5 million worth of discs since its Feb. 3 release by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, according to The-Numbers.com.
A sequel is slated for theatrical release Oct. 21, 2016.