We can just see the trailer now: open on darkness, then the gravel-gargling trailer bloke intones: “He thought he could get rich by playing the property market. But he rolled the dice… and lost. In 2010, Ashton Kutcher will not collect £200. He will go straight… to jail! Monopoly. Play the game.”
Okay, perhaps not, but a film based on anything from Monopoly to Battleship to Magic: The Gathering is now up for grabs as Universal have just signed a six-year partnership to develop game-based movies.
It’s a smart, if odd move – video games don’t seem to be generating winners, so why not try board games?
Of course, they sadly won’t get two of the toy company’s hottest properties: Transformers and GI Joe, as those have already been snapped up by Paramount. But your dreams of a Trivial Pursuit-themed thriller just got a step closer to reality. Check
The Hollywood Reporter
for all the PR release goodness you could want.