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‘Monopoly’ Origins Movie In The Works
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Hollywood adapting board games into feature films isn’t exactly a new practice, but it’s one that has hardly been used. We’ve recently seen films based on popular board games like Battleship and Ouija. So it only makes sense that a film based on Monopoly would be in the works. Ridley Scott was actually attached to direct the film over at Universal, but plans fell through, and then Lionsgate picked up the rights with Andrew Niccol set to write the script, and has been in development since 2009.

While the development of that film has been slow going, it appears another Monopoly-related film, separate from the one over at Lionsgate, has picked up some steam. According to a new report, the producer of Little Miss Sunshine is now attached to work on the origins of the board game. More on the story below.

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OUI! OUI! Monopoly 80th Anniversary Sets In France To Have Real Money In Them
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Looks like some lucky folks in France who purchase a brand new Monopoly set might get a lot more than they bargained for. During celebrating of the legendary board game’s 80th anniversary this year, 80 sets that have been produced in France will have real Euro currency inside, according to The Washington Post. The cool total comes to 20,580 Euros, or about $23,000. Not bad for a $15 dollar investment (the general retail price of the game).

All throughout the year, there will be celebrations at hand for the real estate made easy game, which was originally released by Parker Brothers in 1935 and which quickly became a national phenomenon, and eventually, a global phenomenon, which it currently is. Through the decades since its introduction to the gaming market, there have been countless versions which span almost every language known to man, and also countless versions which have highlighted a particular product or brand, as in The Beatles, Spongebob, Family Guy, Star Wars, The Walking Dead and even focusing custom versions on a particular city like New York or Los Angeles. All told, the phenomenology of Monopoly continues to baffle pundits and delights audiences and new generations with each passing year.

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An Offer You Can’t Refuse: Get ‘Monopoly: The Godfather Edition’
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In celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Godfather, which stands as one of the all-time great mob films if not one of the greatest films of all time, comes a Monopoly home game version which is something for sure that no fan “can refuse,” entitled Monopoly: The Godfather Edition.

Produced by USAopoly — responsible for an endless stream of Monopoly variations, including a Beatles version, Seinfeld, Coca-Cola, Family Guy, adaptations of regional cities like New York and Los Angeles, and sports teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Los Angeles Lakers — produced the game, which was released on June 14th.

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It Came From the Interwebs: Stabby Eagles, Gnome Rescue, Community, Tenacious D
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It Came From The Interwebs!

With a jetpack fueled by insomnia and an easily amused mind, It Came From The Interwebs scours and sifts through everything that has ever appeared on the internet (more or less) to find a few things that you should know about every week. These things come from the interwebs, hence the clever name.

This week, we return from riding on the back of Falcor to bring you the time lord jedi ninja of web junk columns, featuring: a stabby eagle, fruit rape, board game movie mashups, and another Lazy Sunday.

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Ridley Scott’s ‘Monopoly’ Hires Two Writers
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Yes. This is still on its way.

According to THR, both Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski have been tapped to pen the script for the upcoming Ridley Scott film, Monopoly. The pair is best known for movies like Ed Wood and People Vs. Larry Flynt.

Now, it should really go without saying that this film doesn’t really seem to be one that could end up being all that worthwhile. Yes. Scott is a fantastic director, but given his last films, he’s one that may be on the tail end of his career.

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Make This Happen! The ‘Fallout’ Inspired ‘Monopoly’ Gamers Will Probably Want
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Monopoly is without doubt of the most popular and most recognizable board games ever created. And when it comes to the game, Hasbro has released about as many variations on it as possible—over 550 of them, ranging anywhere from Star Wars and Star Trek, to The Simpsons and Family Guy, Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean—all except one, that is.

Elisabeth Redel of Germany has created her own variation of Monopoly, this one inspired by the hit video game franchise, Fallout, which is owned by Bethesda Softworks. Redel spent many hours crafting the special game for her boyfriend…who I’m very, very jealous of.

Continue on over to the other side to check out some images of Redel’s work.

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FINALLY! ‘Barbie’ Movie Is Officially On The Way & We Couldn’t Be More Thrilled
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Turning toys and games into movies is no new deal. Dodgeball: An Underdog Story, Transformers, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra have come and gone, with movies based on Battleship, Stretch Armstrong, Clue, Candy Land, Ouiji, Monopoly, and others still on the way. Adding to the party, Universal Pictures has announced that they have plans to take the legendary Barbie and turn her into a live-action movie, as well.

As crazy as these announcements always sound, this decision is a no-brainer, really. As her maker Mattel states, the toy celebrity has 99% worldwide brand awareness. You don’t have to be Good Will Hunting to know that’s pretty strong. The question here really is: what do you actually DO for a Barbie movie? The current plan to get going on finding some writers to take it on, but producer Laurence Mark isn’t worried, explaining that Barbie has had over 120 jobs over her 50-year existence, which opens the door to countless choices.

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Contest: MONOPOLY: Star Trek Continuum Collector’s Edition
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Star Trek MonopolyTo round out our very fun Star Trek Week of Geek, we here at Geeks of Doom have one (1) MONOPOLY: Star Trek Continuum Collector’s Edition to give away to one lucky reader!

One (1) winner will receive:

  • One (1) MONOPOLY: Star Trek Continuum Collector’s Edition board game

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Ridley Scott To Direct ‘Monopoly’ Movie
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MonopolyIn one very interesting bit o’ news, it has been officially announced that Ridley Scott will direct a movie for Universal Pictures based on the board game Monopoly.

The script is written by Pamela Pettler, who also wrote Monster House and Corpse Bride. Along with Ridley Scott, Hasbro’s Brian Goldner will produce.

No word yet on the plot or who, if anyone, will play the iconic white-mustached man. My guess is that it won’t really look like Monopoly at all, which is why this project is hard to imagine. Best bet is that you’ll have a created story based in the world of real estate investments, maybe with mention of Park Place once or twice. Either that, or the city of Monopoly will be attacked by a gigantic metal doggy. Cloverfield style.

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