Film About The Origins Of Monopoly In The Works



Films is developing a new film exploring the origins of the world’s most popular board games. The untitled pic, which centers on the creation of the hit Parker Brothers game Monopoly, will be based on ’s book The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game.

Newly elected WGA West president is scripting the adaptation, which will be a drama based on Pilon’s book. Published in February via Bloomsbury, The Monopolists traces the history of the game back to 1904, when anti-monopolist Elizabeth J. Magie Phillips invented “The Landlord’s Game” to be used as an educational tool to teach about the wrongs behind concentrating land in private monopolies. In 1935, Parker Brothers began selling a spin on The Landlord’s Game called Monopoly, based on streets in Atlantic City, N.J.

The film will also borrow from ’s book The Billion Dollar Monopoly Swindle, which follows his invention of the Anti-Monopoly game. ’s and will produce, along with .

The pic is unrelated to the long gestating Hasbro adaptation set up at Lionsgate, which Andrew Nichol is scripting. Hasbro owns Parker Brothers and has spent several years trying to get a Monopoly movie off the ground.

Rodman is repped by Gersh and .


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This news was first reported by Variety.