Sony Pictures has picked up the rights to to the popular Hasbro board Game, RISK, and with studios buying up every freakin' classic board game that's ever been made, and turning it into a movie, Risk was bound to happen. It also has the most potential for a decent film.
The game pretty much revolves around world domination, where every main country fights for full control of the world. The game itself can take about 2 to 4 hours to play, I can only imagine how many movies that they can make out of it. It has the potential to be an epic film and franchise, depending on what they actually have planned for it. The whole world has to be at war with each other, that is a must, if it's not... it's not Risk.
Check out the official Press release below with the details, and let us know what you think about Risk: The Movie. My question is, what version of the Risk board game will it be?
CULVER CITY, Calif., Nov. 4 — Sony Pictures Entertainment has acquired from Hasbro, Inc. the motion picture rights to produce RISK, the classic board game brand of world conquest, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures. The film will be produced and developed by Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir and Overbrook Entertainment’s James Lassiter.
Commenting on the announcement Belgrad said,
“Hasbro has already seen tremendous success with Transformers and G.I. Joe and audiences have shown a great desire for films that bring to life everything that has made these franchise properties stand the test of time. The strategic thinking and the tactical gambles that players must take in the game are what make RISK a classic, thoroughly engaging game. Those elements translated into an action-packed, thrilling story are what will make this a uniquely exciting movie.”
“We are excited to be working with Hasbro and Columbia Pictures on bringing such a beloved and well-known game to life on the big screen. We have two television projects currently in development with Hasbro Studios and look forward to this collaboration.”
“We are thrilled to be working with tremendous partners like Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment on RISK,” said Brian Goldner, President and CEO of Hasbro, Inc. “Like so many of Hasbro’s brands, RISK resonates with consumers of multiple generations around the world. We can’t wait to re-imagine this brand into a motion picture.”
The game was invented in 1957 by French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse as La Conquete du Monde (The Conquest of the World). Two years later, Parker Brothers published the game in the U.S. as RISK. According to Hasbro, RISK was a groundbreaking game, the first board game to offer nonlinear movement. In the game, players compete on a map of the world, amassing armies and attempting world domination, or, as its rules put it, to “occupy every territory on the board and in so doing, eliminate all other players.” The game has sold millions of copies and spawned several variations, with settings ranging from movie properties to various periods from world history to the moon.
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