The New York Times “Lede” blog has an article today on a report from Variety that:
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.”
The deal comes after the successful screen transformation of the Hasbro property “Transformers,” which DreamWorks and Paramount turned into a Michael Bay-directed global hit, and which has a sequel scheduled to begin production this year.
This got me thinking. We all know that, for the most part (I’ve never played Magic), these are crappy games and likely will make crappy movies. But we all know there are good games out there: Ticket to Ride, Traumfabrik, Vegas Showdown, Power Grid, Carcassone, Bohnanza, etc. Of what fall in the category of good games, which might make good movies (even if only for the title alone). For example, I could see a good insider movie in “Traumfabrik”, a good crime story in Vegas Showdown, and a classic action adventure in “Power Grid”.
So, given your druthers, what games would you make into a movie, and what would be the rough plot or structure?