LOS ANGELES — Lionsgate and Hasbro are teaming up on a Monopoly movie and have tapped Andrew Nicol (“The Truman Show”) to write the screenplay.
Lionsgate and Hasbro Allspark Pictures will produce and Lionsgate will finance the film, which centers on a boy from the game’s modest Baltic Avenue on a quest to make a fortune.
“Hasbro is a partner with incredible global reach, one of the most compelling brand portfolios in the world, and a signature brand in Monopoly that has multigenerational appeal,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig.
“Andrew Niccol is the ultimate world creator responsible for such disparate and imaginative films as ‘The Truman Show,’ ‘Gattaca’ and ‘The Terminal,’ ” Feig added. “He is an inspired choice to develop this timeless property into a big, crowd-pleasing event film that will appeal to kids, families and anyone who has ever played the Monopoly game.”
The companies noted that Monopoly has been played by more than 1 billion people in 114 countries around the world and has been translated into 47 different languages. The original game was published in 1903.