August 6, 2009

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Just a few hours ago I was at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood for a special screening of “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”. While it wasn’t called a premiere, it had all the spectacle of one, as thousands of people were screaming at the stars and the cast and filmmakers walked a huge red carpet.

Anyway, while there I managed to get an interview with Brian Goldner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro. With so many projects in development at Universal, I got him to give me updates on “Stretch Armstrong”, “Candy Land”, “Monopoly”, “Battleship”, and a lot more. So if you’re curious how Hasbro is planning to bring their board games to movie screens, you’re going to want to watch this interview. Take a look after the jump:

Here’s part of what he said transcribed. Further down is the video:

Collider: You guys have a bunch of movies in development over at Universal: Monopoly, Battleship…I have to ask, what’s the status of these movies?

Brian Goldner: Well “Stretch Armstrong” will probably be our first movie out.  It’s already slated for April 2011.  Steve Oderkirk is writing the script. “Candy Land” is being written by Etan Cohen and Kevin Lima is our director; he did “Enchanted”. “Monopoly” is Ridley Scott. “Battleship”, we’re working on a “Battleship” movie it’s really gonna be a lot of fun.

What’s your take on a film like “Candy Land”?

monopoly_funny_chance_card_01.jpgGoldner: Well, “Candy Land” is not just about the board game.  If you really think about it, it’s an adventure that a kid goes on with his parents when they go across that board.  It’s an adventure game so think of that as the beginning point and take off from there.

What’s your take on “Monopoly”?

Goldner: “Monopoly” has this wonderful history.  If you’ll remember, “Monopoly” was literally invented at The [Great] Depression, so that idea, this fiction that’s really there, this non-fiction fiction that’s really there in the game and in the fact that there’s such great roots to this brand and the history of the brand, we bring this to life with a story about families.

With “Monopoly”, did Ridley Scott come to you with an idea or did you come to him?

Goldner: Well Ridley did have an idea.  He grew up on “Monopoly” over in the UK and “Monopoly” is a brand that’s all over the world.  But for Ridley, he’s always been a guy that’s created these great big worlds and so for us, “Monopoly” is this great big world that will look like our world but of course there are certain things about it that make it uniquely a “Monopoly” kind-of-world.

And what’s your take on “Battleship”?

Goldner: Oh, I’m not going to tell you quite yet but I will say that it’s everything you could imagine in a “Battleship” movie.  It’s really a phenomenal idea.

Can you talk a little about what you guys are planning with “Stretch Armstrong”?

Goldner: Stretching as a superpower brings a lot of humor to the idea so imagine a big humorous super-powered, super-human kind of movie.

Brian Goldner

  • What’s this summer been like
  • Why is the comic book and toy genre so popular
  • What’s the status of Hasbro’s upcoming movies. Brian talks about Stretch Armstrong, Candy Land, Monopoly, Battleship.
  • Talks about his take on Candy Land
  • Talks about Monopoly movie
  • Did Ridley Scott come to them or did they go to him for Monopoly
  • I try and find out about the Battlehsip movie
  • Are these movie summer tentpole movies?
  • Does he see Hasbro releasing a movie every year
  • He says they just got into TV
  • Stretch Armstrong movie talk

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