August 6, 2007 – Ridley Scott, the brilliant filmmaking mind behind such extraordinary films as Alien and Gladiator, is venturing into rather new territory for an upcoming movie based on the classic Parker Brothers board game Monopoly. … And the universe let out a thunderous, collective “WTF!?” This is the guy who is rumored to have turned down Halo because he didn’t see enough potential for a story.
The news first broke back in June that Scott was interested in directing a comedy-thriller based on the game. Now, Scott has dished a little to the Los Angeles Times about his thoughts on the film.
“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,” he explains. “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.” Oh, boy.
“Oh, boy” is right. If it was anyone other than Ridley Scott, I’d be very very frightened. Instead, I’m just very frightened… heh.