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Board games that could be movies

Updated on June 24, 2012

You sank my Battleship

Film studios will turn over every rock and slimy mossy patch to find their next summer blockbuster movie project. Whether its prequels to beloved film franchises, remakes of timeless classics to re-releasing a film in 3-D, Hollywood is on the constant search for the next big thing. With the release of Battleship, it seems the next wave of films will be mined from board games. What's next, childhood classics like hopscotch and kickball?

This got me to thinking, maybe the suits need a better Clue to what moviegoers want.

It’s certainly a roll of the dice when executives green-light projects, and the Risk they take spending hundreds of millions of dollars can Boggle the mind. But, maybe I can lend a helping hand and offer a few suggestions for future summer popcorn flicks that board game fanatics won’t find boring

Mouse Trap

A top secret team of highly trained CIA covert operatives played by Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich play a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the leader of a terrorist organization and global government agencies that work in the shadows.

In this espionage thriller, it’s up to the American operatives to capture the world's most-wanted criminal, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, before he assassinates the President of the United States and other global leaders during a G8 Summit in France.

The team, known simply as Rube Goldberg, must set an elaborate trap to prevent the assassinations from throwing the world into political and financial chaos. Moviegoers will be on the edge of their seats as loyalties and allegiances are tested, and trusted allies turn against each other in the pursuit of power

Candy Land

Set 20 years after the events in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the world famous chocolatier Willy Wonka, played by Johnny Depp, embarks on his life dream: Buying the far off place of Lumpaland and turning it into the sweetest place on Earth.

But, things turn sour when the fierce creatures, who were driven away to protect the Oompa Loompas, return to reclaim their homeland and once again feast upon their favorite orange treats, and I'm not talking about the magical starburst trees.

As Lumpaland turns into a war zone, Wonka must prepare the Oompa Loompas to battle their greatest foes. Can Wonka get the normally peaceful Loompas to change their tune and become fierce soldiers? Or, will they melt under the pressure and be defeated

Monopoly

Cruel cold-hearted billionaire Rich "Uncle" Pennybags, played by Ian McShane, purchases the small Midwestern town of Marvin Gardens with the intent evicting its residents and tearing it down to build a mega casino/resort called Broadwalk, which will not offer free parking.

When word of Pennybags’ plan becomes public, the town’s residents, railway stations and utilities band together to form a community chest in hopes to have a chance to foil the developer’s plans

Pennybags imposes high Luxury and Income taxes but the small band of townsfolk refuse to go despite being offered $200 and threats of being locked behind bars without get out of jail free cards.

What ensues is a David vs. Goliath legal battle where the cards seem stacked against the residents of Marvin Gardens as two country lawyers, played by Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock, are pitted against high-powered attorneys bankrolled by billionaires.

Risk

The world is at war. Hostile countries and regimes are building vast military strongholds across the globe. Martial law has been declared and civilians are no longer able to travel freely.

Only one man can save the Earth from annihilation. The last surviving son of Krypton: Superman. In this much anticipated film starring the Man of Steel, acclaimed director Christopher Nolan, fresh from his Dark Knight trilogy, reboots another DC comics franchise with a darker and more serious tone. Kal-El, fearing the Earth is about to succumb to the same fate as his home world of Krypton, does everything in his power to prevent a global nuclear fallout, including turning to the most unlikely of allies: U.S. President Lex Luthor.

Can Superman stop the machines of war from destroying his adopted world, and can mortal enemies forge an uneasy alliance to bring peace?

Warning to moviegoers, the film has a running time of just over 4 hours and some people who've seen advance showings say sitting through this film can feel like days not hours.

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