So what is Ridley Scott’s follow-up to American Gangster? Monopoly. Yes, the board game. This is all a part of the deal that Universal Studios just struck with toy company Hasbro. Variety reports that this will be a six year partnership between the studio and Hasbro for rights to such properties as “Monopoly,” “Candy Land,” “Clue,” “Ouija,” “Battleship,” “Magic, The Gathering” and “Stretch Armstrong.”
Hasbro properties Transformers and G.I. Joe already belong to Paramount Studios, and this deal comes as no surprise consider the success of Transformers and the current buzz around G.I. Joe. Apparently, Monopoly is the project with the most momentum, and we can expect Scott leading the way. This is a pretty big deal for Universal Studios, and here is what they had to say:
“This deal gives Universal access to some of the greatest brands in the world. Hasbro’s portfolio of products has tremendous emotional resonance with children and adults. They offer an exciting opportunity for us to develop tentpole movies with built-in global brand awareness, which is a key component of our slate strategy.”
Sound Off: What do you think about this onslaught of Hasbro/80’s properties being adapted to film? What do you think about a Monopoly film?