"G.I. Joe" is Coming! Plus Some ... Board Game Movies

Looks like "G.I. Joe" just took another step closer to becoming an actual movie -- plus we can expect a whole bunch of Hasbro-type games to hit the screens soon!

According to Variety, Hasbro and the William Morris Agency have just partnered up in an effort to turn a bunch of properties into TV shows, movies and video games. Properties like G.I. Joe, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Clue, Candy Land and the Ouija Board.
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"Our focus is on creating immersive brand experiences for Hasbro's brands," said Brian Goldner, the toymaker's chief operating officer, who is also an exec producer on "Transformers."
Which is another way of saying "We want to make a lot more money." Their first project will be teaming with Paramount and producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura on the "G.I. Joe" movie.

Apparently the toy company is shooting for something akin to Marvel's media saturation. OK, fine, "Candy Land" could probably make for a half-decent kids' movie, and I suppose you could maybe make a real estate comedy called "Monopoly" -- but "Clue" has already been done, and so has the Ouija Board (done to death, one might say). And a movie version of "Trivial Pursuit" would be just that: a trivial pursuit.

Source: Variety

Comments

Metafact

Jane Holt

I remember reading a review of the G.I. Joe script from the Latino Review website about a month ago...and it wasn't good. You can read the review yourself at -

http://www.latinoreview.com/scriptreview.php?id=62

Anyway, call it a meaningless hunch, but I have a feeling that a Monopoly and a Candy Land film probably won't achieve the same sort of mass appeal that, say, Spider-Man did.

Jun 5 - 02:02 AM

Crenshaw

Bryan Winter

"Anyway, call it a meaningless hunch, but I have a feeling that a Monopoly and a Candy Land film probably won't achieve the same sort of mass appeal that, say, Spider-Man did."

Probably, but you never know. Remember how ridiculous a movie based on the Pirates of Caribbean ride sounded?

Jun 5 - 06:46 AM

cgcbooks

Robert Kimberlin

And they already made a movie of the board game Twister. It starred Helen Hunt.

Jun 5 - 04:45 AM

Crenshaw

Bryan Winter

[b]Hahahaha![/b]
Good one!

Jun 5 - 06:45 AM

FILMCZY

First Last

And don't forget "Sorry". As I recall it was a Lohan family affair...

Jun 5 - 09:20 AM

killermonkey8822

Joey Chid

lol that's a good one man

Jun 6 - 07:52 PM

Crenshaw

Bryan Winter

[b]Hahahaha![/b]
Good one!

Jun 5 - 06:45 AM

Crenshaw

Bryan Winter

"Anyway, call it a meaningless hunch, but I have a feeling that a Monopoly and a Candy Land film probably won't achieve the same sort of mass appeal that, say, Spider-Man did."

Probably, but you never know. Remember how ridiculous a movie based on the Pirates of Caribbean ride sounded?

Jun 5 - 06:46 AM

Metafact

Jane Holt

Touché

Jun 5 - 07:06 AM

Movie Maniac!

D J

I think it might have been interesting to see if there was another Clue movie.
The original was fun to watch.

Jun 5 - 07:23 AM

tycox

Tyler C

[b]F*CKING RETARTED!!![/b]
You can tell that cinema is dead when they have to start adapting BOARD GAMES into movies??? HOW LAME CAN YOU BE??? Anyone else notice the William Morris company will be helping finance? Don't they make ciggarettes or is that another company with the same name? If so, I'm sure those movies will focus alot on the child age range. FOCUSED ON GETTING THEM SMOKING! BASTARDS!!!

Jun 5 - 07:51 AM

airsickmoth

Philip Hutchinson

That's Philip Morris. William Morris is just a tallent Agency, and the worlds biggest I think, as well there is a famous artist by that name.

But yeah I read that script review, and it sounds like the worst movie in the history of movie ideas. Why can't they make it just an action movie just like the TV show.

Jun 5 - 08:07 AM

airsickmoth

Philip Hutchinson

That's Philip Morris. William Morris is just a tallent Agency, and the worlds biggest I think, as well there is a famous artist by that name.

But yeah I read that script review, and it sounds like the worst movie in the history of movie ideas. Why can't they make it just an action movie just like the TV show.

Jun 5 - 08:07 AM

Warheart1188

Tim Higginbotham

Board games don't belong in movies! I believe Candyland has already been made into a childrens animated feature film but Monopoly as a movie?? Alright well Im just putting it out there, but my candidate for the Monopoly man is either John Ratzenberger or Phillip Seymour Hoffman(with a mustache) or that one short fat funny actor with a mustache( descriptive, I know). But GI Joe will make a terrible movie.

Jun 5 - 08:34 AM

rabid1017

Craig Alden

Oddly enough, at this point, board games have a better adaptation record than video games. Clue was pure genius, frankly. I have no real doubt, though, that new board game adaptations will be a complete train wreck.

Jun 5 - 08:47 AM

FILMCZY

First Last

And don't forget "Sorry". As I recall it was a Lohan family affair...

Jun 5 - 09:20 AM

rdproductions

Haddy Rikabi

Hollywood is really looking for cash now...

That Clue movie was awful and was a huge waste. What ever happened to being original?

Jun 5 - 09:58 AM

buddablz

Jammie Hannah

LOL, this article is funny. These aren't adaptations if you make up most of the story and characters yourself in a screenplay. It just has the property name.

Remember that Dungeons and Dragons movie years back?
I remember Richard Roeper said its like making a movie about chess.
Atleast Clue has characters, and I did like the movie from the 80s.

How do you make a movie about Monopoly, Candy Land and Ouija Board?
You must be a talented screenwriter if you can.
I like to play Monopoly though. GI Joe cartoon was okay as a kid from what I remember about it.
Hopefully, Trivial pursuit is a gameshow.

Jun 5 - 10:10 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

A talented screenwriter or a damn fool with a glamorous job.

Jun 5 - 10:19 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

A talented screenwriter or a damn fool with a glamorous job.

Jun 5 - 10:19 AM

IMAmoose24

Eric Schulze

Clue was fantastic.

Anyway, I think they could pull off a Monopoly movie. Get a guy to look like that guy on the box and have him have a R rated adventure sort of like Dude Where's my Car or The Big Lebowski. You never know...

Candy Land could also be good.. If they made it as creepy looking as the original board game was. Candy Land would freak the living s*** out of me. It would be scarier than anything they put out in the last decade.

Jun 5 - 10:33 AM

Xavier Telouran

Drew Demorotski

Wasn't there an episode of Robot Chicken where this was already discussed and shown to be ultimately foolish? Or is Seth Green secretly producing these movies with Hasbro so he can make fun of them later? Hmm....

Jun 5 - 10:38 AM

Samwise Gamgee

Ryan Sanderson

I was really hoping for a Risk the movie.

Jun 5 - 10:52 AM

MovieSamurai

j _

Robot Chicken has the right idea: Hungry Hungry Hippos

Jun 5 - 11:01 AM

blank blank

bob jones

i'd go for a clue remake.

Jun 5 - 11:17 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

Clue? I'm there. Loved the first one before I ever had any interest in the game. The rest of these though, feh.

Jun 6 - 04:41 AM

Elixor

Daniel Klooster

Just what we need. More Monopoly, Trivial Persuit, Clue and Candyland. Like we aren't all saturated enough with the hundreds of versions of these board games (especially Monopoly) already. I hand it to Hasbro for keeping these games known as 'The Board Games', but they really aren't good board games. There are a lot of lesser known board games out there that are much more fun and interesting like Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, Entdecker, etc.. I always encourage new people to try these and they usually want to know where they can go to buy them. They're just shocked that there are board games with more entertainment value than what they know (Monopoly, Risk, Sorry, Clue), which is sad really.

With my board game rant out of the way, I can't think of how any of these movies, with the exeptions of G.I. Joe and Clue, have much of any chance to be good. Granted you may be able to come up with some way out of left field screenplay to make Candyland and/or Monopoly interesting as a movie, but more than likely they'll be more akin to say the Super Mario Bros movie. Pirates of the Caribbean I'd guess is more of an outlier, but probably one reason that they'd attempt making these movies.

Jun 5 - 11:24 AM

Metafact

Jane Holt

I LOVE Settlers of Catan! That's probably my all-time favorite board game, and it's way cooler than Monotony, oops, I mean Monopoly.

Athough, to be fair, that board game actually does quite well. It's sold, like, 11 million units, so that's not too shabby for an obscure German game.

Jun 5 - 02:27 PM

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