(yes, sorry, I went there even though it’s an old joke)
Movies based on video games have been coming out a lot over the last few years, even though most of them bomb.
But a movie based on a board game? How does that work?
Sony is looking to find out as they negotiate for the rights for Catan: the Movie, based on the 1995 hit boardgame designed by Klaus Teuber. This is the game that many non-gamers are familiar with, at least as far as the name goes.
So it kind of makes sense that if you have to choose a boardgame for a movie to appeal to more than just gamers, Catan would be the first one you look at.
It wouldn’t be the first one I would look at if I wanted to get a coherent story out, but maybe screenwriter Blaise Hemingway can figure that out.
It does have a solid production staff, with Gail Katz (“Pawn Sacrifice,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Air Force One” and others) acquiring the rights a couple of years ago. Daniel Lin (“It”, “The Lego Movie) and Jonathan Eirich.
I really can’t see the need for this movie, but hopefully Hemingway can come up with something interesting.
Maybe they can get this guy to star in it.
And there had damned well better be trading in this movie! We need to hear a guy shouting in the marketplace about wood and sheep.
It just wouldn’t be Catan without it.
No word on when this would be coming out. I have a feeling I’ll be watching it on Netflix.
But maybe they’ll surprise me!