Despite concerns about the lack of success with video and board game movie adaptations, Hollywood continues to look for new properties to convert to screens big and small.
Geek alert! The massively popular Settlers of Catan board game will be turned into a movie at Sony. Now comes word that Sony is making a deal to acquire them and turn the game into a film. In a report from Entertainment Weekly, it was revealed that the popular game had sold more than 25 million copies around the world, in about 38 languages.
Settlers of Catan, designed by Klaus Teuber, is a tabletop strategy game that is credited for sparking the current resurgence in board games. Each settlement and city on the island moves the player one step closer to winning the game.
"Settlers of Catan" is building a road to a movie adaptation.
According to Variety, the film will be produced by Gail Katz, whose credits include Pawn Sacrifice, The Perfect Storm, and Air Force One.
The studio is fast-tracking the project toward production with the goal of launching a possible franchise. Producers Dan Lin (IT, The LEGO Movie) and Jonathan Eirich will join Katz, working from a script by Blaise Hemingway. He added that he was also a huge fan of the game and he believed on the endless opportunities that the movie will inspire its viewers, Entertainment Weekly reported. Upon its original release in 1995, game critics in Germany honored Catan with its prestigious game of the year award. "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".