Director Ridley Scott playing "Monopoly"

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By Steven Zeitchik

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - A movie based on the "Monopoly" game is jumping a large number of spaces up the board.

Ridley Scott is officially attached to direct the Hasbro-Universal collaboration, with an eye toward giving it a futuristic sheen along the lines of his iconic "Blade Runner." Screenwriter Pamela Pettler ("Corpse Bride," "Monster House") will shape a narrative out of the iconic real estate game.

"Monopoly" marks the latest Hasbro property looking to pass go and head to the big screen. Board games and branded properties, such as last year's hit "Transformers' adaptation, have become more attractive as studios look to mitigate risk by finding built-in audiences.

Universal is working with Hasbro on several projects as part of a long-term development deal. Additionally, "Transformers" director Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes banner is producing its feature adaptation of "Ouija Board," while the maritime classic "Battleship" also is in development. Elsewhere, Paramount will next summer release a feature based on its "G.I. Joe" character. And "Trivial Pursuit: America Plays" is now airing as a syndicated television game show.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

 
<p>Director Ridley Scott attends a news conference for the movie "A Good Year" during the 31st Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto September 9, 2006. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>