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Lionsgate Involved in Plans to Produce ‘Monopoly’ Film

Lionsgate is poised to pass go on a film based on the Monopoly board game, now that the production studio is acquiring Hasbro’s eOne business interests. Hasbro has long been the owner of the iconic Depression-era game that was originally manufactured by Parker Bros, which based it on a game invented by Lizzie Magie in 1903.

News of the film project was confirmed by Hasbro’s CEO Chris Cocks, who said, “Lionsgate’s management team is experienced in entertainment and adept at driving value, and we’re glad to have found such a good home for our eOne film & TV business. We look forward to partnering with them, especially on a movie adaptation of Monopoly.”

This is not the first time a Monopoly movie has been under discussion. Back in November of 2008, it was revealed that Ridley Scott would be directing a Universal Pictures version of the game based on a script by Pamela Pettler. Universal opted not to pass go and the film rights reverted to Hasbro in 2012.

Hasbro tried to revive the project, again with Ridley Scott, in partnership with Emmett/Furla Films, but nothing came of the effort. At that time, the hoped-for Monopoly flick was being promoted as “a film for all ages, visually sumptuous, heartwarming, and full of action and adventure.”

A 2015 plot synopsis declared: “The story centers on a boy from Baltic Avenue who uses both Chance and Community in a quest to make his fortune, taking him on a fun, adventure-filled journey. It’s about making your own luck, what makes you truly rich and, of course, avoiding Jail time!”

In July of that year, Hasbro announced that Lionsgate had been tapped to distribute an Monopoly-based action-adventure movie in conjunction with its Allspark Pictures. In early 2019, Allspark said Tim Story would be directing the film in conjunction with Kevin Hart’s HartBeat Productions and The Story Company, but again, things were not in the cards.

As of this moment, no details about plot, cast, or director have been revealed.

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Edward Moran
Edward Moranhttps://www.cinemadailyus.com
Edward Moran began his journalistic career many decades ago as a theater and cinema reviewer for Show Business and the New York Theater Review. More recently he contributed film reviews to hosokinema.com and Movie Sleuth. His writings have appeared in publications as diverse as the Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, the Paris Review, and the Massachusetts Review. Moran also edited a memoir by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Christine Choy. He served as literary advisor to her film Hyam Plutzik: American Poet, which was the keynote film in the American Perspectives series at the 2007 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.


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