John Hlavin Getting ‘Risky’ for Columbia Pictures

The screenwriter is turning the game “Risk” into a thriller for Columbia, Hasbro and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment

Hasbro's board game "Risk" is heading to the movies.

Screenwriter John Hlavin is adapting the game, which has sold millions of copies, into a global action thriller, Sony Pictures Entertainment said Thursday.

The game was invented by a filmmaker, Frenchman Albert Lamorisse. Two years later, Parker Brothers took the game to the United States.

Hlavin is best known for his work on FX's "The Shield."

The movie will be overseen at Columbia by Hannah Minghella, Sam Dickerman and Jonathan Kadin. Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner and head of Hasbro Films Bennett Schneir are producing, along with James Lassiter for Overbrook.

Hasbro has a strategic partnership at Universal Studios.