Every once in a while, a story comes along that just leaves you scratching your head. If it had been announced by some random blog or rumor website, one could dismiss it as pure conjecture – silly conjecture at that – and go on with their lives. But the story came from The Hollywood Reporter, a respectable Hollywood insider that usually doesn’t give in to rumors.
The Hollywood Reporter is… reporting… that a movie is being made that is based on the classic Hasbro board game Monopoly. Yes, Monopoly. I’m sorry, but Candy Land might be worthy of movie status simply because it lends itself to such (and yes, a cartoon was made on that film), but Monopoly? Really?
Is it just some preliminary brainstorming that Universal Studios is tossing around? No. Pamela Pettler is set to write the screenplay, and Ridley Scott – yes, Ridley Scott – has officially signed on to direct. Can you imagine that meeting where they called Scott in to pitch him on Monopoly: The Movie? How do you convince a director like that to take on such a likely crapfest?
Well, according to the article, the movie may be set in the future with a Blade Runner edginess. Hmm. So, allegedly, the movie is going to be a sequel to Blade Runner but based on a board game?
I don’t get it. I really don’t get it. None of this story makes sense whatsoever.