Sony has acquired the rights to the world-conquest-themed board game “Risk” from Hasbro, with plans to adapt it into a film.
According to the studio, the movie will be produced and developed by Overbrook Entertainment’s James Lassiter, and Hasbro Studios’ Bennett Schneir and Brian Goldner. Both Hasbro officials have worked on Paramount’s “Transformers” and “G.I. Joe,” and are currently at work developing film versions of classic board games “Candy Land,” “Monopoly” and “Battleship.”
“The strategic thinking and the tactical gambles that players must take in the game are what make ‘Risk’ a classic, thoroughly engaging game,” said Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad. “Those elements translated into an action-packed, thrilling story are what will make this an uniquely exciting movie.”
A game for two to six players, based on Napoleonic conquest of the globe, “Risk” was created in 1957 by French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse, who called it “Congquete du Monde” (The Conquest of the World). Two years later, Parker Brothers (which was later acquired by Hasbro) published the game in the U.S. as “Risk.