Are There Enough Movies Based on Board Games?


Nothing passes time like playing a board game or watching a movie. Then again, who has time these days? Leave it to Hollywood to come up with a solution. From Variety:

Universal Pictures has announced a six-year partnership with Hasbro to produce at least four feature films based on branded properties.

The properties include “Monopoly,” “Candy Land,” “Clue,” “Ouija,” “Battleship,” “Magic, The Gathering” and “Stretch Armstrong.”

Everyone knows and loves the first five games mentioned, but whether they will be loved as movies is another question entirely.

Movies based on board games, after all, are following in some much-criticized footsteps. “Like the board game on which it is based, the movie ‘Clue’ is most fun in its early stages,” Janet Maslin wrote in The New York Times in 1985. Ten years later, she wrote that “Jumanji” had “the invasive weirdness of ‘Gremlins’ but none of the charm.”

(Source: New York Times)

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