Sony Pictures has announced they are developing a film adaptation of the popular board game Settlers of Catan.
According to Variety, the movie is being fast-tracked into production with hopes that it will become a franchise for the studio. Blaise Hemingway will write the screenplay. The film is being produced by Gail Katz (The Perfect Storm, Air Force One), Dan Lin (It, The LEGO Movie) and Jonathan Eirich. Katz said the following in the Variety article:
“We’re excited to be working with Sony to bring the iconic world of Catan to life. As huge fans of the game, we’re struck by the endless possibilities of stories that it could inspire. It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to work in a world beloved by millions of people, and expand its story for the screen.”
Per Wikipedia, the multiplayer board game was “first published in 1995 in Germany” and involves “players assuming the roles of settlers, each attempting to build and develop holdings while trading and acquiring resources.” The game has sold more than 25 million copies in 38 languages.
For anyone who has played the game, it might seem like an odd choice to adapt to the big screen since there is no actual plot incorporated into the gameplay. There’s no doubt that Sony is banking on the brand name to draw people to the theater and hoping that Hemingway can come up with a creative script from the basic framework of bartering and mining resources, more in the vein of how LEGO Movie sparked a franchise based on their popular linking blocks. Film studios are always searching for new places to mine for film material (books, comics, video games, television, etc.) in order to take advantage of known commodities, so it shouldn’t be too surprising to see a movie being made about a board game that everyone plays. Other board games such as Battleship and Ouija have been adapted, though poorly received, and Hasbro has been attempting to develop a Monopoly film since 2009.
Are you interested in seeing a movie based on The Settlers of Catan? What type of storyline do you envision for the adaptation? There is no target date for the film’s release, but the project is being fast-tracked into production.