Briefly: No, we haven’t gone back to the days where studios were actively developing board game properties, and this Risk doesn’t have any of the strategic hallmarks you might be thinking of. (Though after The Lego Movie hits this weekend, we might see a resurgence of toy and game developments.)
This film is an action picture that blends “psychological suspense and action,” and features “a brilliant thief who is released early from prison to execute a nearly impossible art heist.” We don’t have any casting, but Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, Stealth) is directing from a script by Eric Harlacher, who has a few TV movie credits to his name.
We don’t know much more, but Cohen told Variety, “I’ve always wanted to make a sophisticated caper/thriller in the style of ‘Topkapi,’ ‘To Catch A Thief’ and ‘The Hot Rock,’ with smart characters and sexy European backgrounds. When I read the script of ‘Risk’, I knew this was it.” Those thrillers, especially Topkapi, are pretty great, and if he can capture some of that magic, more power to him.