Gail Katz

Sony Pictures is currently negotiating for the rights to adapt “Catan” into a movie. Apparently the studio is looking forward to turning Catan into a possible franchise, and is fast-tracking the film towards production. Could Knights and Seafarers follow in the future, or will the franchise pivot towards attracting 5-6 additional moviegoers?

If negotiations are successful, Gail Katz would produce the film. Katz has produced hit movies including Pawn Sacrifice, The Perfect Storm, In the Line of Fire, and Air Force One. Variety first reported in 2015 that she had acquired the rights.

“We’re excited to be working with Sony to bring the iconic world of Catan to life,” Katz said. “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.”

Katz would be joined on the producing team by Dan Lin. Lin’s credits include The Departed, Terminator Salvation, Sherlock Holmes, The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie, and recent horror movie blockbuster remake It. Upcoming releases will including The Lego Movie Sequel, Aladdin, and Godzilla 2. Jonathan Eirich

Blaise Hemingway has been tapped to write the screenplay. Blaise has just one released film as writer, 2006 short film The Bracelet. Hemingway is credited as writer for two additional films in pre-production, Ugly Dolls and an untitled Playmobil Movie.

(Settlers of) Catan

Catan, designed by Klaus Teuber, has sold over 25 million copies worldwide and is available in 38 different language. It was often credited as launching a renaissance in board game design following its 1995 release. It spawned a seemingly endless stream of expansions, including the recently 2017 release Catan: Legends of the Sea Robbers.

In the original Catan 2-4 players try build settlements, cities, and roads in an effort to dominate the island of Catan. On each turn a pair of dice are rolled to determine what resources are produced on the island. Players whose cities and settlements are adjacent to resource producing hexes collect resource cards and spend them to build up their civilization in an attempt to get 10 victory points and win the game.

In 1995 Catan, then still referred to as Settlers of Catan, won the coveted Spiel des Jahres award and in 2001 was inducted in two the Originals Hall of Fame. A partial list of awards won includes:

Gail Katz (Image from Deadline.com)

Gail Katz (Image from Deadline.com)

Settlers of Catan, known officially now as simply Catan, could possibly be attributed as the game that brought the world into a new century of tabletop gaming possibilities.  Now, twenty years after designer Klaus Teuber gave it birth, Catan has brought hours of exploration, trading, and civilization building fun to living rooms all around the world.

One such home that has become permeated with the iconic game of hex tiles and wooden bits is that of Hollywood producer Gail Katz (The Perfect Storm, Air Force One).  Ever since her college-aged children introduced her to the game, she has wanted to see an adaptation of the game come to the big screen.

“The island of Catan is a vivid, visual, exciting and timeless world with classic themes and moral challenges that resonate today,” says Katz.  “There is a tremendous opportunity to take what people love about the game and its mythology as a starting point for the narrative.”

Katz has obtained the TV and film rights to Catan, and therefore now has an opportunity to see a dramatization of the game come to life.

To read more about this story, visit Deadline’s article here.