As Sir Ridley Scott gets older, he attaches himself to more and more projects, including ones that are quite simply ludicrous, like a movie version of Monopoly. Recently Scott sat down with the LA Times to talk about his current projects, and the subject of the Monopoly movie came up.
Monopoly is still the most popular board game — I might be misquoting! — in the world. So it’s really finding the universe for that game. Because clearly it ought to be humorous and for the family — the funny way it brings out, particularly when your uncle suddenly gets Park Lane and — in England, we have Park Lane, Mayfair and Barclay Square, what’s it in America? Park and Madison? So you watch people change. You’re witness to Jekyll and Hyde. Somewhere in that is a hysterically amusing and I think rather exciting film.
About our gilded age of greed?
That as well. Isn’t that comical?
Interviewer Choire Sicha missed the golden opportunity to ask whether Russell Crowe would play the dog or the thimble.
Does anybody think this movie is actually going to happen? It’s more of a fever dream than anything realistic, and I have to imagine that with the years Scott has left he can find something better to make, like 1493: The Year Paradise Struck Back?