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Have you ever wondered how the Transformers movies came to be? Or how about the box office failure Battleship, the two G.I. Joe movies, or the upcoming Jem and the Holograms film adaptation? All of these films started as toys owned by the Hasbro toy company.  Business Insider talked with Hasbro Chief Marketing Officer John Frascotti to find out how these toys become movies and I think some of the details are fascinating and humorous.  Find out how toys get made into movies, after the jump.

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Details are sparse but Hasbro has once again passed “Go” and collected way more than $200. Over the past few years, the toy and game company’s relationship with Hollywood had kind of soured, resulting in Universal severing ties with the company and their properties. Still confident there’s something there though, Hasbro has now signed a deal with the production company Emmett/Furla, which recently produced End of Watch, to develop three movies in the next two years based on Monopoly, Hungry Hungry Hippos and Action Man. They hope to have Monopoly in front of cameras as early as next year. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Hollywood seems really into turning board games into movies at the moment, but inspiration apparently works the other way as well. Paramount and Hasbro have just announced a special The Godfather Collector’s Edition version of Monopoly, in celebration of the cinematic classic’s 40th anniversary.

While an R-rated gangster flick and a game you played as a kid may not sound like a match made in heaven, it makes an odd sort of sense. After all, Monopoly is all about gaining as much wealth and power as possible while ruthlessly tearing down your rivals — and who’s better at that than the Corleones? More details after the jump.

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Ridley Scott develops a lot of films. Or, more specifically, he is far more hands-on in developing films than many other directors. As a former art director and a capable designer, he is intimately involved in all stages of development: breaking the story, fashioning the script, and creating the world as it is both depicted and implied by the film in question. Or, as he recently said, “I develop everything. I do. I learned that a long time ago. It’s never going to land on your desk, you have to come up with what you want to do.” Doing all that takes a while, and so he’s got many things on his plate.

For some time Scott was attached to a film version of the Cormac McCarthy novel Blood Meridian, and he’s now prepping to make The Counselor, another McCarthy-penned story. But The Counselor evidently hasn’t scratched his itch to make a full-on western.

In the same interview referenced above, Scott said that after years of working he’s finally got a western story ready to go. He also talked about developments on Monopoly, Brave New World, announced back in 2009, and why his film Tripoli never happened. Read More »

Forget about Tyler Perry and that $130 million he raked in last year. Even the man behind Madea would have to toil for almost five centuries at that rate to equal the $62 billion personal fortune amassed by Smaug. The Middle-earth dragon dominates Forbes‘ list of the 15 wealthiest charcters, followed by the likes of Carlisle Cullen, Lisbeth Salander, Tywin Lannister, and Robert Crawley.

As you might guess, the accounting doesn’t seem entirely scientific. It seems suspiciously convenient, for example, that most of the men, women, and creatures in the Top 15 come from pop culture franchises that are especially hot right now. But if you’ve ever wondered whether Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne would dominate in a pissing contest for the 1%, hit the jump for the rankings.

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Oh, good: the Monopoly movie is still happening. We knew that was the idea, even though Universal turned up its nose at the idea of the board game-based movie along with Ouija, Clue and a couple other projects. That studio disinterest notwithstanding, Ridley Scott and Hasbro are moving ahead with the film, and have hired Ed Wood writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski to write the script. Read More »

VOTD: ‘Monopoly The Movie’

Several years ago, jaws dropped from coast to coast as news broke that Ridley Scott was attached to direct a movie version of the popular board game Monopoly. Since then, the Oscar-nominated director has thankfully moved on to make several other films while Monopoly remains mired in development hell. The notion of a Monopoly movie was so completely wild though, it kind of got our collective imaginations moving. What would Monopoly the Movie look like? At one point, a rumored plot description of Scott’s take leaked online but it wasn’t until today that we have an actual, live action representation of what this could be.

A group called Half Day Today has created a 2 minute trailer for Monopoly the Movie that’s described as by director Matthew Stubstad as “a sort of ‘Tron,’ ‘Jumanji,’ ‘Wall Street’ and ‘Inception’ hybrid… hodgepodge.” Check it out after the break. Read More »

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We knew it was bound to happen eventually: Warner Bros and producers Mark Gordon, Jason Blum and Guymon Casady are in talks to develop a feature film adaptation of the classic Taito video game Space Invaders. Warner bought Midway Games last summer, but the US publisher of Space Invaders does not own the theatrical rights to the game.

Honestly, I think Space Invaders falls on the more promising side of the game adaptation scale because the brand name still has some value and comes with little attachment other than the alien invasion sci-fi film genre. The pixelated aliens have invaded pop-culture and are an iconic symbol of retro video gaming. One would assume that WB would have to work the symbols/shapes into the film somehow. [LATimes]

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