Hasbro and Lionsgate Are Developing a Monopoly Live-Action Movie


Summary

  • Lionsgate and Hasbro are teaming up to create a live-action Monopoly movie, following the success of Barbie.
  • Hasbro’s CEO expressed excitement about the partnership and the future of entertainment based on their brand portfolio.
  • Other board games like Clue, Ouija, and Dungeons & Dragons have also been adapted into movies and TV shows with varying degrees of success.


Lionsgate has officially completed their purchase of eOne from Hasbro, snapping up the rights to almost 6,500 titles as part of the agreement. However, Hasbro is not handing over their biggest franchises, and has included a caveat that allows them to develop projects based on their own franchises.

First reported in August, the deal has finally been closed with Liongate paying $375 million for Entertainment One. According to Hasbro’s press release:

“The sale will include a talented team of employees, a content library of nearly 6,500 titles, active productions for non-Hasbro owned IP like The Rookie, Yellowjackets and Naked and Afraid franchises, and the eOne unscripted business, which will include rights for certain Hasbro-based shows like Play-Doh Squished.”

However, Hasbro’s biggest franchises, such as Transformers, Peppa Pig, Power Rangers, Monopoly, Dungeons & Dragons, My Little Pony and Clue will not move to Lionsgate but will “see significant development, production and financing capabilities.”

Although it has been reported that the deal includes the development of the long-in-gestation live-action Monopoly movie, that franchise is one that remains under Hasbro’s control.

Hasbro’s CEO Chris Cook previously shared his excitement in an official statement, commenting on the collaboration on the Monopoly movie among other things:

“This sale fully aligns with our strategy, and we are pleased to bring the process to a successful close. Lionsgate’s management team is experienced in entertainment and adept at driving value, and we’re glad to have found such a good home for our eOne film & TV business. We look forward to partnering with them, especially on a movie adaptation of Monopoly. Entertainment remains a priority for Hasbro. Hasbro will continue to develop and produce entertainment based on the rich vault of Hasbro-owned brands. We will also bring to life new original ideas designed to fuel all areas of Hasbro’s blueprint including toys, publishing, gaming, licensed consumer products, and location-based entertainment. As part of the sale, we expect to move to an asset-lite model for future live action entertainment, relying on licensing and partnerships with select co-productions.”

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Board Games Have a Long History in Cinema

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Just as Disney has taken some of their most popular theme park attractions to the big screen with movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise or more recently Haunted Mansion, many board games have gotten the chance to shine in theaters.

One of the most remembered cases is Cluedo, the classic detective game that centers on the resolution of a murder at a mansion. The board game was adapted into the comedy movie Clue in 1985, with an amazing cast including names like Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, and Martin Mull among others. The story presented a murder mystery following the dynamic of the game, but with a dark comedy tone.

When talking about games that have been adapted to the screen, Dungeons & Dragons always has to be present on the list. The popular role-playing game has become a worldwide phenomenon and adapted into both movies and TV shows. Earlier this year, Paramount Pictures release a new adventure based on the popular franchise, with ended up being pretty well received by D&D fans and the general audience, and that means a sequel could well be on the way in the future.



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