Ridley Scott is not a young man, and the idea of a movie version of the perennial boardgame Monopoly being his final picture is both sad and sort of hilarious at the same time. It’s like Orson Welles going out with Transformers: The Movie.
And it could be so. Scott is now officially attached to direct the film – at one point we were all hoping he would just be producing – and a script is being churned out right now by Pamela Pettler, scribe of Corpse Bride and Monster House. That gives you an idea of where the film is likely aiming – a younger set.
But wait! What that doesn’t tell you is this bizarre piece of news, revealed by The Hollywood Reporter: Scott has ‘an eye toward giving it a futuristic sheen along the lines of his iconic “Blade Runner.”‘
A sci fi Monopoly? A friend who knows Scott has told me that the guy has been looking to do another scifi movie for a while, but a scifi Monopoly? I imagine that this news means less than great things for Scott’s anticipated adaptation of The Forever War, especially as the trades make it seem like this is Scott’s next film after Nottingham.
Here’s a rumor that I can’t substantiate: the thimble will be a robot and Russell Crowe will be playing the dog, who has been brought back into the game to hunt down and ‘retire’ a rogue group of Hotels that did not pass Go.