Although Universal Pictures recently walked away from planned big-screen adaptations of the board games Ouija, Clue and Monopoly, Hasbro is still placing real money on the latter.
Heat Vision reports the toy giant and Ridley Scott are pushing forward with Monopoly, hiring Ed Wood and Man on the Moon screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski to tackle the script. Scott, who’s attached to direct, will produce alongside Hasbro’s Bennett Schneir and Brian Goldner.
Monopoly, a game of market dominance, was among the properties included in a 2008 deal between Hasbro and Universal to produce at least four movies. So far the six-year partnership has resulted only in director Peter Berg’s Battleship, opening in May 2012, with projects like Ouija and Clue unceremoniously dumped by the studio, and Candy Land, Stretch Armstrong and Magic: The Gathering apparently floating in the development aether.
According to Heat Vision, other studios are eyeing the recently abandoned Ouija, while Hasbro is moving forward with Clue with Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski and newly hired writers Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama.
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