Thursday, May 21, 2009

RE: "Battleship" Board Game to be Made into a Film

The Hollywood Reporter has a story about a movie based on the board game "Battleship." That's not a joke.

The game, which began in pencil and paper form in the early 20th century and is now available on platforms from cell phones to computers, consists of two players arranging a variety of ships on a grid. The game proceeds in alternating salvos as players try to "sink" the opposition's ships by guessing where they sit on the grid.

While plot details are being kept below deck, the studio is looking to make an epic naval action adventure.


That quote isn't a joke, either. Those two paragraphs appeared in the story, in succession.

Left unstated is whether it will be the classic version of "Battleship," or the electronic version that will be adapted. Maybe it will be the "cell phone" version?




Remember when they used to make commercials for board games? Now they make movies about them.

There are too many people in Hollywood, laboring in obscurity trying to write amazing scripts that will never get produced, in the hopes of landing a gig adapting a board game for the big screen. That is the goal now. Hollywood has been relying on comic book-based films to keep it relevant and successful; now it's looking to board games:

Universal has several board game titles in development as part of its six-year deal with Hasbro. "Ouija Board" is being produced by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes shingle, "Candy Land" has Kevin Lima attached to direct with Etan Cohen writing the script, and Ridley Scott is developing a project based on "Monopoly."


These upcoming films might all be spectacular, who knows? Every one of them might be the next "Clue." Even so, it's giving me a sinking feeling.

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