The fact that Battleship was a colossal let down at the box office for all parties involved hasn’t seemed to deter the producers from trying to cash in on popular 70s games from Hasbro. It has been revealed that Habro is finally on board with supporting Hungry, Hungry, Hippos and Monopoly films that are expected to be developed.
The deal, which saw Hasbro signing with an independent production company Emmett/Furla Films, is said to bring forth the return of Hungry, Hungry, Hippos and Monopoly but to the big screen and possibly a UK toy line called Action Man. The properties are said to be family films, and the demographic audience will be broad. Although there’s a new twist to the same action hook, it looks like all the big action stars are booked for the next year as Mark Wahlberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Denzel Washington, Jason Statham, and Bruce Willis are involved in other action-y films.
The plan so far is to make Hungry, Hungry, Hippos into an animated film, and, as for Monopoly, it looks like Universal Pictures already nabbed that up to develop it with a treatment by Ridley Scott. Hasbro has expressed hopes that Monopoly will begin production next year. It’s not yet known when the other films are going to start production, but we’ll be sure to report on it when the time comes.
As for the deal Hasbro struck up with Emmet/Furla, it’s said that the production company doesn’t plan to spend less than $100 million dollars; what a relief, seeing as they lost millions on Battleship, which cost Universal upwards to $210 million dollars to bring to the big screen.
If this doesn’t sound like a good idea, just picture Michael Caine in Monopoly. That, of course, is just my pick for the monocle wearing banker.