Monopoly, the popular property trading board game, is headed to big screen, Lionsgate and board game manufacturer Hasbro announced Wednesday.
Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA award-winning writer/producer/director Andrew Niccol (“The Truman Show,” “Gattaca,” “The Terminal”) will write the screenplay for the film, which will be produced by Lionsgate and Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures. Lionsgate will finance the movie.
The story will center on a boy from Baltic Avenue who uses both Chance and Community in a quest to make his fortune, taking him on a fun, adventure-filled journey. Along the way he will have to make his own luck, while hoping to avoid going directly to jail.
The Monopoly brand is one of the world’s favorite family gaming brands. The game has been played by more than one billion people in 114 countries around the world and has been translated into 47 different languages. More people are playing the Monopoly game than ever before, offering kids and families the chance to own it all across a variety of platforms and formats.
Hasbro’s Allspark is currently in post-production on cartoon adaptation “Jem and the Holograms.” The production shingle is also working on “Ouija 2,” the follow-up to the 2014 horror film which grossed almost $100 million on a $5 million budget.