Hasbro adapting Monopoly, Action Man and Hungry Hungry Hippos

Boardgame movies are here to stay

Of all the bizarre movie trends of recent years, converting board games into movies has to be right up there with the weirdest.

Following on from their “success” with Battleship, toy and game manufacturer Hasbro has announced a deal with indie production company Emmett/Furla Films to adapt three more of their properties for the big screen.

The games in question are Monopoly, Action Man and Hungry Hungry Hippos. No, we’re not making this up, we promise!

Monopoly had previously been in development at Universal, where Ridley Scott (!) was attached to produce, although just how the film will take shape is still a mystery. Action Man should be a more straightforward affair, lending itself nicely to the conventional action/adventure template.

As for Hungry Hungry Hippos… well your guess is as good as ours. Cuddly, anthropomorphised hippos, trying to get their marble fix in the deepest, darkest jungle? Yep, sounds like a movie to us! Maybe…

Which of the above would interest you most? Tell us, below!

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    • MattMorris

      Oct 5th 2012, 7:07

      Conclusive proof that the cocaine problem in LA is out of control. What started as a joke on The Simpsons is turning into a horrifying reality. Dear God, make it stop!

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    • Hadouken76

      Oct 5th 2012, 7:27

      Its not cocaine, they are just morons.

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    • FBMHobbs

      Oct 5th 2012, 8:07

      A new low......

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 5th 2012, 9:30

      Dalidab's dream has come true.

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    • barcodetheworld

      Oct 5th 2012, 9:32

      action man...isn't that the same as GIJOE?

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    • TwoBobRuss

      Oct 5th 2012, 9:37

      At. Clutching. Straws.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Oct 5th 2012, 10:18

      I think they should get Liam Neeson to star in all the board game adapts.. It would be great to see him removing straws in the same vein as disarming a nuclear warhead, at the climax of next summers KERPLUNK

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    • omgitsgray

      Oct 5th 2012, 12:05

      ...Hippos should be directed by Aranofsky and we can have some Requiem style desperation for the balls.. to the point that they force sexual exploits upon each other in exchange for a fix..

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 5th 2012, 13:20

      I can't wait for the Buckaroo movie

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    • Hadouken76

      Oct 5th 2012, 14:30

      I think it should depict the mental breakdown of the screenwriters, who are so creatively deviod of anything meaningful ,they end up curling up in a alcohol -induced foetal position, while the studio boss greenlights Hopscotch !V: One foot wrong.

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 5th 2012, 14:38

      The problem is studio's refuse to take any risks for the fear of losing money, look what happened to John Carter.

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    • TwoBobRuss

      Oct 5th 2012, 15:30

      Frustration could be good, cinematic Pop-O-Matic

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    • TwoBobRuss

      Oct 5th 2012, 15:33

      They could do Mastermind. A Mad-Man has planted a bomb, the only way to crack it is by getting four colours in the right order - but you only get 12 chances. I will take my royalty cheque now please....

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    • TwoBobRuss

      Oct 5th 2012, 15:34

      Who's Who?

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    • TwoBobRuss

      Oct 5th 2012, 15:35

      I mean "Guess Who?" - Oh, the excitement!!

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    • Doyle

      Oct 5th 2012, 15:48

      There missing a trick if they don't make a movie on pop up pirate

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    • AlfredsDream098

      Oct 5th 2012, 15:51

      I'm guessing the trailer for Kerplunk will be attached to one of these.

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Oct 5th 2012, 17:12

      Personally, I can't wait for Fuzzy Felt- The Movie.

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Oct 5th 2012, 17:13

      Anyone ever fall on a Stickle Brick when they were a kid? Those freaky scars are permanent.

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    • anant

      Oct 5th 2012, 18:04

      remakes, stick to remakes! f*****g morons have lost it completely!!

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    • StevePotter

      Oct 5th 2012, 21:14

      Liam Neeson as the thimble and Patrick Stewart as Mr. Monolopy. Morgan Freeman can play the top hat. In all seriousness, not ALL games would be terrible films. I think "Break the Safe" would actually make a fairly good film (sort of a cross between Die Hard and "Mission Impossible"). But of course, they won't do THAT because there's no brand recognition!

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    • thedanieljson

      Oct 5th 2012, 22:55

      Oh f**k off. Had to bloody check the date to make sure I hadn't blacked out for half a year and woken up on April Fools Day.

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Oct 6th 2012, 6:06

      Let's see... Monopoly done as an anti-trust style corporate thriller would work, it's right there in the name... SEC agents trying to take down a corporate monopoly whose CEO will stop at nothing to drive off his competition and stay out of prison. Action Man would just be your generic SpecOps style film, possibly take a leaf from the cartoon show and have a team of super soldiers fighting some villainous force... so yeah, pretty much G.I. Joe. Hippos.... took some thinking. Action movie with an environmentalist edge was the best I could think of. A militant band of eco-warriors taking on some african despot whose civil war is endangering the wildlife and polluting the rivers; thus killing off the food supply and making.... hungry, hungry hippos.

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Oct 6th 2012, 6:30

      That or use the name as a metaphor for a documentary exploring the history of famines across Africa since colonization. Would probably get a good showing at Cannes but not the sort of fare the studios usually back. Hey, at least my ideas can't be worse than the mindless, soulless garbage they'll actually make. Right?

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    • FBJThomas38

      Oct 6th 2012, 17:59

      monopoly could be directed by Oliver stone, and maybe done as some sort of satire?

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    • FBJRider

      Oct 6th 2012, 21:31

      I'm guessing Monopoly will be in some way similar to Wall Street or something like it. Action Man will be like a child friendly James Bond and Hungry Hungry Hippos I'm just hoping it will be an animated film, I can imagine that's the only way I won't fully give up on humanity, as the story I'm at a loss.

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    • jackstarr

      Oct 7th 2012, 7:32

      What about scrabble? Or maybe pictionary? Or a war epic based on chess?

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Oct 7th 2012, 13:35

      @jackstarr Chess would be possible if done as a medieval political intrigue... plenty of pawns to manuever, a King to protect, Bishops moving in the shadows, loyal Knights to sacrifice and all of them beneath the thumb of the Queen, using sex as a weapon.

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    • JakeIsntFake

      Oct 7th 2012, 22:59

      I'm still waiting for Operation.

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