Universal and Hasbro sign a six-year pact (updated)

Variety has broken the news that Universal Studios and Hasbro have signed a six-year pact to include film adaptations of at least four of Hasbro’s properties. Now, Hasbro owns Transformers and G.I. Joe, but these rights are already tied up with Dreamworks and Paramount (Transformers was a Dreamworks/Paramount co-production; the upcoming G.I. Joe is all Paramount), so the remaining properties include Clue, Battleship, Stretch Armstrong, Candyland, and Magic: The Gathering. I’m not certain if this also includes Dungeons & Dragons (which, like Magic, is owned by Hasbro subsidiary Wizards of the Coast), but it seems likely.

Let the speculation begin!

It seems to me that Magic: the Gathering would be high on the list of properties to adapt — at least of the properties named in the Variety article. It’s almost a "duh" choice for a movie studio, after Lord of the Rings (and despite In the Name of the King, Dungeons & Dragons, and Eragon, but it would cost a hell of a lot of money to do it properly… not that doing things badly has stopped Universal in the past…)

Stretch Armstrong could be turned into a kiddie action flick. Clue has already been turned into a very funny movie that was a cable staple back in the day, so it’s easy to imagine a new version of that, but Candyland? Battleship? These properties don’t have stories or even characters built in… wait. That hasn’t stopped Universal before, either. Nevermind.

Anyway, how this plays out remains to be seen, but there is at least a little potential for some (or, okay, one or two) fun movies from this. Me, I’m crossing my fingers for Scrabble: the Movie.

UPDATE: Variety has updated their original story. Although I can’t entirely remember what was or wasn’t in the original article, I’m pretty sure this was new: "The property with the most current momentum is Monopoly, which Ridley Scott and Scott Free have been developing." Say it with me: WTF? Anyway, Scott’s next film is Nottingham, with Russell Crowe, a new take on ye olde Robin Hood storye, so I wouldn’t get too excited about that, Monopoly fans.

Posted on February 20, 2008 at 13:32 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
In: News

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  1. Written by MC
    on 2008-02-20 at 14:32

    About a month ago, I wrote a piece about how Clue is proof that movies based on games don’t have to suck royally. And in retrospect, the movie has aged very well.

  2. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-02-20 at 14:47

    You mean this piece? :)

    Totally. Clue is a classic. Fantastic cast, and — although I never saw it ’til cable — one of the best gimmicks ever: multiple endings!

    I had a huuuge crush on Lesley Ann Warren as a kid.

  3. Written by MC
    on 2008-02-20 at 15:44

    Well in that dress, who can blame you ;)

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