In stranger movie news, Sony Pictures have announced that they will be making a film adaptation of the immensely popular board game Settlers of Catan.
The film is being produced by Gail Katz, who has worked on action hits including Air Force One, Dan Lin, who produced Sherlock Holmes, and Jonathan Elrich, who unfortunately produced the Netflix adaptation of Death Note. We also know that the screenplay will be written by the relatively untested Blaise Hemmingway, but besides that not really much is known about the film.
For those not familiar with the game, Settlers of Catan that takes place on the fictional island of Catan. Player take control of different tribes of people attempting to colonise the island. To do so, the players must harvest natural resources, trade with each other, build new cities and try to outplay one another. The game is both very simple to play and hugely complex, as there are multiple ways routes to victory, each requiring a different strategy. If you haven’t played it, go out and buy it today, invite some friends round, have some drinks and enjoy. You will not regret it.
As previously mentioned, the game is incredibly popular. Released in 1995 and created by Klaus Teuber, the game is thought to have sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
What the game does lack, however, is any form of plot beyond the basics of iron age people colonising an uninhabited island. How Sony Pictures plan on adapting the game into a movie is not really known. Gail Katz said in an announcement:
“We’re excited to be working with Sony to bring the iconic world of Catan to life. As huge fans of the game, we’re struck by the endless possibilities of stories that it could inspire. It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to work in a world beloved by millions of people, and expand its story for the screen.”
So not much given away there. Her acknowledgement of the huge amount of stories they could run with seems to speak of an uncertainty on what to actually make the film be about. A passion project headed by fans or a shameless product cashing in on the popular game’s name? We will have to wait and see.