Monopoly Movie Details Emerge

Posted by WhenYourGodGivesYouLemons On 5:13 PM

But should they be taken with a pinch of salt? These details have come from an interview on IGN with Frank Beddor a film producer and author. Beddor was, at one time, contacted by Hasbro to come up with a story for the boardgame to film adaptation.

Beddor's story idea is as follows: "I came up with Monopoly City," he says. "It was a comedic action-adventure. The notion was that you'd pick the comedian you liked the best – at the time, for me, it was Will Ferrell – and I pitched him as the lovable loser who lives in Manhattan, works in a real estate company, terrible at his job. But he loves to play Monopoly. One night, he brings all his friends over to his apartment – he still lives with his parents, of course – and he wants to break the world's record for Monopoly. They're in the middle of the game and they're teasing him because he's talking about the love of his life that he never asked out, this girl from high school, and there's a big fight and everybody goes home and he's left holding a chance card."

Beddor continued, "He wakes up in the morning, all groggy, and he goes out to buy a cup of coffee. He reaches into his pocket and all this Monopoly money falls out. He's embarrassed and apologizes, but the girl takes the money and gives him change. So he walks outside and where is he? He's in the middle of Monopoly City. And through circumstances, he ends up taking on the evil Parker Brothers in the game of Monopoly for real. So all of these characters from his life come into play – a la The Wizard of Oz. My tag line, which Hasbro loved, was: 'Everything you need to know about life, you can learn by playing Monopoly.'"

Beddor then pitched his idea to some directors and Ridley Scott immediately fell in love with the idea. Now Scott is attached to the project, which is being developed over at Universal, but Beddor well he isn't along for the ride. This means that there is a little bit of uncertainty over whether this is the story Hasbro, Universal and Scott are going to use. Obviously Beddor has said it is okay for them to take the story but whether we will see his Monopoly world come to life is another thing.
Personally I think this is an okay story idea. It was always going to be hard to bring in the key elements of the Monopoly world to the real world so transporting their main character to the Monopoly world seems like a suitable move. I also think having a comedian, a la Will Ferrell, as the main character is a good idea because you need someone who is normally outrageous to end up in this outrageous world. At the moment Monopoly is planned to have a 2011 release date so obviously we should start hearing some confirmed information about story and cast and crew soon.



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