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Board games are hot property in Tinseltown

How does the American film industry dig up inspiration for its constant stream of Hollywood blockbusters? Traditionally, books and plays were their main source but more recently, T.V. Series such as Sex and the City as well as best-selling toys like Transformers and Lego inspired them. And now there’s another source that’s rapidly gaining ground. Board games!

Board games soon to become movies.

Board games are now hot property in Tinseltown. Soon to hit the big screen in the near future are many successful, classic favourites that are tested brands movie studios can capitalise on.

Sony Pictures and Overbrook will be co-producing Risk, while Universal Pictures has partnered with Hasbro to produce a swag of movies including Monopoly (with Ridley Scott directing), Ouija, Candy Land, Battleship, Magic: The Gathering and Clue (a re-make of the 1985 release).

These board game concepts have already been tested in the marketplace with proven popularity, so how can the movie studios lose!

Board game movies: What’s next?

So what’s next? I’d like to see the following board games become box-office classics.

1. Pictionary: The Race for Hitler’s booty

A crack team of artists are brought out of retirement to find clues hidden in Hitler’s doodles, that lead to a huge stash of Nazi treasure plundered during the war. Stars Salma Hyek, Kirk Douglas, Ed Harris and Gerard Depardieu as the artists with Tom Cruise as Hitler.

2. Snakes and Ladders on a Plane

A sequel to Snakes on a Plane, Samuel L. Jackson again battles deadly snakes on a plane loaded with an urgent shipment of ladders bound for Afghanistan. Also stars Sarah Marshall.

3. Word Up: The Scrabble Movie

An idealistic teacher transforms the lives of a group of mixed-up dyslexic kids from the wrong side of town, by teaching them to read and write hip-hop songs through the power of Scrabble. Stars the cast of Glee.

What board game do you think would make a great movie and why? Who knows – maybe Hollywood will come knocking!


  1. Family Business – Because everyone loves a mobster film and you can never have too much family versus family action.


    June 30, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Other Meeple’s Money — the story Wall Street “wooden” tell!

    Through the Ages — the life and younger, always younger, loves of Michael Douglas

    Falling Down II: Death in the Jenga — because a steady hand won’t always be steady

    Jambo: First Card — the ultra-violent two-player sequel

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