Seven Board Games We'd Like to See Made Into Movies
It's both a popular board game and Rihanna's film debut: Battleship opens nationwide today.
In an increasingly global entertainment market in which brand recognition is key, the adaptation is king. Audiences from Omaha to Sydney flock to films like The Fellowship of the Ring and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo already knowing what to expect.
But classic and contemporary literature aren't the only viable sources for making movies, as behemoth toymaker Hasbro has taught us (sometimes kicking and screaming).
Hasbro's products have inspired profit-making machines like Transformers and G.I. Joe on the big screen, plus television series like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (and the less successful Littlest Pet Shop, which flat-lined out of the gate in the '90s and crushed all future plans for spinoffs Littlest Pet Shop of New Jersey and Atlanta).
And with Battleship - an adaptation of one of company's popular board games - hitting theaters on Friday, chances are Hasbro sends the best gift baskets in Tinseltown (Johnnie Walker Blue Label and a box of Weebles? Yes please!).
Board-game adaptations are the latest Hollywood craze (and why wouldn't they be, with all the money those Star Wars Monopoly adaptations made?), and they're here to stay. Adaptations are currently in the works for classic games Risk and Ouija, and Adam Sandler just signed on to co-write and star in a Candy Land movie.
Here are seven board games we'd love to see made into movies:
The Pitch: Katherine Heigl is a charmingly neurotic thirty-something with her whole life ahead of her and only herself standing in her way. Overwhelmed by possibilities, she feels like every decision is just a roll of the dice - and unlike her successful friends with husbands, three kids, and real estate, she is not #winning. When a new path brings new obstacles - and is that a sexy strock trader with a laid-back demeanor who wants to jump in her car? - Heigl must face her fears and embrace whatever life has in store, all in super-cute heels. That's it, it's basically every Katherine Heigl movie ever.
Hungry Hungry Hippos
The Pitch: Matt Damon and family find out why amateurs shouldn't buy a zoo. Rated R for graphic violence.
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