Just when you thought the avalanche of studios buying board games to make movies from had slowed down, Sony decides to snap up Risk.
Hasbro sold off the rights to the company, which will produce the film with Will Smith's company (doubt he'll star in it, but stranger things have happened).
If you've never played the game, it locks players in a struggle to control all the world's territories through strategic thinking and military deployment. Well, small, plastic military deployment, at least.
And, pushing aside our natural skepticism for a second, we can see how you could at least turn this into a film scenario - anything's got to be better than Candyland…
"The strategic thinking and the tactical gambles that players must take in the game are what make Risk a classic, thoroughly engaging game," Sony's Doug Belgrad tells Variety.
"Those elements translated into an action-packed, thrilling story are what will make this a uniquely exciting movie."
In a weird bit of trivia, the original game was actually created by a filmmaker - Frenchman Albert Lamorisse, who named ii La Conquete du Monde, or The Conquest Of The World.
Sony is just the latest studio to leap on the increasingly crowded game-to-film bandwagon. Let's see if any of the planned pics take off…
[Source: Variety ]
Could you see Risk as a movie? How would you make it work?