Sony Pictures announced today it’s acquired the motion picture rights to the board game of world conquest, “Risk”, from Hasbro. Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures, say the film will be produced and developed by Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir and Overbrook Entertainment’s James Lassiter. Belgrad pointed to the success of movies from toys Transformers and G.I. Joe (but not to the dismal movie from the board game Clue) to claim audiences have “shown a great desire for films that bring to life everything that has made these franchise properties stand the test of time. The strategic thinking and the tactical gambles that players must take in the game are what make RISK a classic, thoroughly engaging game. Those elements translated into an action-packed, thrilling story are what will make this a uniquely exciting movie.” (Uh, I think that pic was called War Games.) “Risk” invented in 1957 by French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse as La Conquête du Monde (The Conquest of the World). Two years later, Parker Brothers published the game in the U.S. as “Risk” as the first board game to offer nonlinear movement.
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