These 4 Board Games Are Being Made Into Live-Action Films

Board Games

There’s a time and place for Ouija board games (marketing device inside “Paranormal Activity 3” and sleepovers of thirteen-year-old girls seem appropriate), but on the big screen seems a bit far-fetched. 

Less than four days after revealing their new logo in front of Dr. Seuss‘ “The Lorax,” Universal Pictures is once again signed on to bring the Ouija board film back to life, according to The Hollywood Reporter

The studio originally dropped the film back in August 2011 due to a budget over $100 million. (To put that into perspective, “Titanic” cost $200 million to make.)

The film is slated for a 2013 release and is being produced by Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir along with Platinum Dunes’ Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. The only new addition comes from Jason Blum, the “Paranormal Activity” producer. 

Now it’s all coming together—Blum was able to make a blockbuster on a $15,000 budget. There’s no word on this film’s budget, but we’re betting it’s been chopped significantly.

Despite all this, we’re still not sold on the appeal of a board game film, but if they could make a movie out of “Battleship“—no doubt using the high-status appeal of Rihanna and Brooklyn Decker—then we suppose anything’s possible.

However, Ouija isn’t the most unheard of board-game-to-film currently in the works. 

We’ve compiled a list of games being produced into feature-length films in the near future that would probably be better left in the box. 

Monopoly

Candy Land

From 'Bedtime Stories' to bedtime games.

Adam Sandler is in talks to star and have his Happy Madison Production film company produce a movie based on the popular kid's board game.

As long as he doesn't play Lord Licorice, we're cool.

Release Date: 2013

Production Studio: Sony

Battleship

Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker and Liam Neeson all headline this summer blockbuster about the Hasbro game.

However, we predict no amount of star power can save this ludicrous plot line that appears to merger 'Independence Day' aliens with 'Transformers' robots.

Release Date: May 18, 2012

Tagline: 'The Battle for Earth Begins at Sea'

Studio: Universal Pictures

Estimated budget: $200 million

Risk

This project has been floating around since 2009; however, little progress has been made on the the strategic Parker Bros. game challenging you to take armies across the globe.

Supposedly, screenwriter John Hlavin ('The Shield') is working on the project, according to Screenrant.

If done right, this may be one of the films we'd be most excited about.

Studio: Sony/Columbia

Release Date: Unknown

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