'Monopoly' movie going forward with Lionsgate, Hasbro

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By Variety:

Lionsgate and Hasbro are teaming up on a Monopoly movie and have tapped Andrew Nicol ("The Truman Show") to write the screenplay.

Lionsgate and Hasbro Allspark Pictures will produce and Lionsgate will finance the film, which centers on a boy from the game's modest Baltic Avenue on a quest to make a fortune.

"Hasbro is a partner with incredible global reach, one of the most compelling brand portfolios in the world, and a signature brand in Monopoly that has multigenerational appeal," said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-President Erik Feig.

"Andrew Niccol is the ultimate world creator responsible for such disparate and imaginative films as 'The Truman Show,' 'Gattaca' and 'The Terminal,'" Feig added. "He is an inspired choice to develop this timeless property into a big, crowd-pleasing event film that will appeal to kids, families and anyone who has ever played the Monopoly game."

The companies noted that Monopoly has been played by more than one billion people in 114 countries around the world and has been translated into 47 different languages. The original game was published in 1903.

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