Hollywood’s obsession with odd adaptations continues. Next on the chopping block are Hasbro products Monopoly, Action Man and Hungry Hungry Hippos. (This news makes my suggestions to adapt Gargoyles, The Pirates of Dark Water, Jonny Quest and Centurions seem much less far-fetched.) The family-friendly board game featuring Rich Uncle Pennybags is up first, thanks to an agreement between Hasbro and independent finance/production company Emmett/Furla Films. Production on Monopoly is scheduled for a production start in 2013. Hit the jump for more on the joint production’s adaptation plans.
The LA Times reported on the three-picture deal between Hasbro and Emmett/Furla Films. Hasbro has found success with their Transformers adaptation, with their G.I. Joe and Battleship attempts not exactly achieving the same results. Monopoly was previously in development at Universal with Ridley Scott set to produce; Emmett/Furla was still in the mix back then. The production company aims to turn all three properties into family-friendly films with broad appeal.
After Monopoly, Emmett/Furla will take on Action Man, a British action figure that launched in the 1960s as an answer to Hasbro’s American hit, G.I. Joe. Perhaps some sort of cross-over films could be in the works in the distant future, but for now, details on this adaptation are scarce. Another Hasbro board game, Hungry Hungry Hippos, is on the adaptation list for Emmett/Furla as an animated movie for children and families. The game, originally introduced in 1978, pits players against each other to see who can gobble up the most marbles. I foresee the adaptation becoming a gladiatorial battle of sorts with various anthropomorphic hippos fighting to the death over a mountain of food, culminating in a blood-soaked one-on-one melee leaving only the victorious hippo atop the mountain, the food spoiled by the corpses of the defeated. It’s what kids want these days.