Another board game may be getting the big screen treatment, but this time it’s not something as simple as Ouija or Battleship. THR reports that Lionsgate has picked up the rights to the strategy board game and graphic novel Dust, which takes place in a steampunk-themed alternate history where World War II never ended. We’re the Millers and Dodgeball director Rawson Marshall Thurber is attached to helm, while The LEGO Movie producer Dan Lin will produce.
In the world of Dust, which was created by Paolo Parente, players operate in the alternate 1940s where the world is divided into three factions: the Allies, the Axis—which is not led by Hitler, who was successfully assassinated in Operation Valkyrie—and the SSU, which is a union of the USSR and China. This being steampunk and all, combat robots exist.
Though he may not seem like an obvious fit for a Dust movie, Thurber is the one who got the ball rolling on the deal. An avid fan of the game, he sought out Parente and optioned the game himself. Thurber was one of the contenders to take over Marvel’s Ant-Man after Edgar Wright’s departure, so he’s flirted with large-scale material before.
This is still early days as the project is just now going out to writers, but it’s certainly an interesting project to keep an eye on as it develops. In the immediate future, Thurber is next set to direct the action comedy Central Intelligence starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart.