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Ridley Scott to Direct Hasbro's Monopoly Movie

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Ridley Scott has brought some strange landscapes to life before: the cyberpunk dystopia of Blade Runner, the color-saturated fantasy world of Legend, or the claustrophobic confines of the Nostrodamus in Alien. But if a Hollywood Reporter article is to be believed, he may be attempting his most surreal journey yet: bringing the world of the board game Monopoly to life. From the write-up:
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.
The article gets more bizarre, with news that Michael Bay's production company is hard at work on a Ouija Board movie, and the naval warfare game Battleship is also in development.

There is a precedent for board game movies: the1985 movie Clue. It bombed at the box office, but has since attained semi-cult status among nostalgia-addled children of the '80s,

is not a good movie, but there is at least a clear throughline for Clue the board game becoming Clue the movie. There are people in Clue -- Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlett, and so on. Monopoly? Very few people, and more things like thimbles, irons, top hats, and Scotty dogs.

So casting Monopoly is going to be a bitch. That said, there is one person strongly associated with Monopoly, and we'd like to help out a bit. A casting suggestion:

Mr. Moneybags,

a hard-charging capitalist, who's seen too many ups and downs and missed too many chances to collect $200 while traveling around this crazy, mixed-up board called life, is:

Wilfred Brimley.

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