Ridley Scott’s Monopoly is ‘a nightmare of greed’

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04.26.10 33 Comments

One of the great mysteries of Hollywood is how Hasbro and Universal got a respected director like Ridley Scott, who has three Best Director Oscar noms, a Best Picture, a knighthood, and presumably a lot of money already, to agree to direct a movie about a board game.  Meanwhile, Scott’s Robin Hood movie started out as an idea to tell Robin Hood from the Sheriff’s perspective, and it ended up looking like regular Robin Hood, but with flaming arrows and Russell Crowe.  So it’ll be interesting to see how his latest project, er, evolves, considering a toy company has final story approval.  Here’s what Scott recently told ComingSoon:

We asked Scott if the game would be referenced in the movie at all other than the title. “Yes, absolutely,” he said. “It’s a Hasbro film and they have the game. That was a tough thing to crack in terms of the screenplay because first off, many would want to integrate literally the shaking of the dice and the throwing of the dice into the board. I couldn’t really get past that. I wanted to just make a movie about the idea of greed. I told them you know your game can turn your sweetest, dearest aunt into a demon – a nightmare of greed. So that’s what we’re going to do.”

We also asked, given the current economic situation, whether the project will have a tougher look at the real estate market. “Completely. It’s a blood bath. It was really bad behavior. It’s [going to be] a comedy,” Scott added.

Ridley Scott went on to say, “So what I’m saying is, with my film that was conceived and intended entirely as a two-hour commercial and re-branding opportunity for a toy everyone already owns, I really wanted to drive home the point that greed is bad, and that it can make even a good person do awful, terrible, silly, ridiculous, stupid things.  …Hey, why’s everyone looking at me like that?”

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