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Risk is the latest board game to become a movie

Jun. 9, 2011by: Dave Davis

I never really played much of the board game RISK when I was younger -- the game seemed to take forever, and I was probably looking for a bit more immediate carnage in my global domination, so things often resulted in the pieces ultimately being grabbed and hurled at opponents in fury.

But it's a popular and recognizable property, so like BATTLESHIP and CANDYLAND and MONOPOLY and others, it's getting adapted into a movie.

The Hasbro (and former Parker Brothers) turn-based strategy game will somehow become a contemporary action-thriller from Sony, who apparently sees value in the brand instead of just, y'know, making an original contemporary action-thriller about world domination.

A script is in the works by writer John Hlavin, who spent time on "The Shield" and penned the upcoming fourth UNDERWORLD flick.

Since its initial release in 1959, the RISK game has been released in a variety of licensed versions, including STAR WARS, LORD OF THE RINGS, HALO, NARNIA and TRANSFORMERS, which all undoubtedly had more imaginatively stimulating pieces than the plastic Roman numerals from my wayback (in the days when the idea of board game movies was just material for sketch comedy shows).

Extra Tidbit: For some reason, RISK always reminds me of the "high tech" game Domination that Sean Connery and the villain played in the "unofficial" Bond movie NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN.
Source: THR

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8:22AM on 06/10/2011
"Hello I want to play a game"
"Hello I want to play a game"
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8:13AM on 06/10/2011
How about a movie where a killer tortures people with a variety of 1980s board games. The Hungry Hungry Hippos scene could be horrific.
How about a movie where a killer tortures people with a variety of 1980s board games. The Hungry Hungry Hippos scene could be horrific.
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6:54AM on 06/10/2011
i'll hold out for ker-plunk
i'll hold out for ker-plunk
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2:43AM on 06/10/2011
next up hungry hungry hippos the movie..you think they would wait to see how the Battleship movie performs before greenliting all these board game film, it won't be Clue or Jumanji.
next up hungry hungry hippos the movie..you think they would wait to see how the Battleship movie performs before greenliting all these board game film, it won't be Clue or Jumanji.
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12:00AM on 06/10/2011
First of all, this could actually make for a pretty sweet movie. You could have actors from each major nation represented as the "leaders" and "generals" and have some wicked international battle scenes intermixed with political intrigue.

And my bet is that people keep writing scripts that the studios take a look at and say, "Ok...let's just rename it Risk and get the Risk fans involved" as opposed to sitting in a board room saying, "Let's make the Chutes and Ladders movie!"
First of all, this could actually make for a pretty sweet movie. You could have actors from each major nation represented as the "leaders" and "generals" and have some wicked international battle scenes intermixed with political intrigue.

And my bet is that people keep writing scripts that the studios take a look at and say, "Ok...let's just rename it Risk and get the Risk fans involved" as opposed to sitting in a board room saying, "Let's make the Chutes and Ladders movie!"
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11:47PM on 06/09/2011
None of these board games will ever reach the greatness of "Clue".
None of these board games will ever reach the greatness of "Clue".
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10:34PM on 06/09/2011

WTF?!!?

Why in the Hell does Paul Thomas Anderson have to beg, borrow and steal to get a movie green lit but the suits that control the money decide to make films based on board games??? I mean seriously, WTF!!! Not one of these freaking movies haven't even been released yet and they're already lining up more in the pipeline? This shyte makes me sick.
Why in the Hell does Paul Thomas Anderson have to beg, borrow and steal to get a movie green lit but the suits that control the money decide to make films based on board games??? I mean seriously, WTF!!! Not one of these freaking movies haven't even been released yet and they're already lining up more in the pipeline? This shyte makes me sick.
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12:42AM on 06/10/2011
There Will Be Blood $40,222,514
Punch Drunk Love $17,844,216
Magnolia $22,455,976
Boogie Nights $26,400,640
Hard Eight $222,559

Average: $21,429,181

and Risk has existed for 64 years, selling millions of units and always being one of the best selling board games AND video games (PC, mobile). That's what we call a brand. And if you have an existing brand, it always reduces risk when making an investment. They make movies to make money. That's
There Will Be Blood $40,222,514
Punch Drunk Love $17,844,216
Magnolia $22,455,976
Boogie Nights $26,400,640
Hard Eight $222,559

Average: $21,429,181

and Risk has existed for 64 years, selling millions of units and always being one of the best selling board games AND video games (PC, mobile). That's what we call a brand. And if you have an existing brand, it always reduces risk when making an investment. They make movies to make money. That's why. It's really not that hard to figure out.
10:22PM on 06/09/2011
Well...it at least makes more plausible sense then a Battleship movie.
Well...it at least makes more plausible sense then a Battleship movie.
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10:22PM on 06/09/2011
Well...it at least makes more plausible sense then a Battleship movie.
Well...it at least makes more plausible sense then a Battleship movie.
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10:09PM on 06/09/2011
We always had RISK on the shelf when I was a kid but I don't think we ever played it. I actually think my Dad kept his pot stash in the box.
We always had RISK on the shelf when I was a kid but I don't think we ever played it. I actually think my Dad kept his pot stash in the box.
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