Business Insider published an article this week announcing a new movie in the works…and with this title for the article:

If you weren’t convinced Hollywood has run out of ideas — here’s your proof.

It appears that Hasbro and Lionsgate are joining forces to bring to captivated audiences everywhere the latest film based on a board game intellectual property–arguably, THE board game IP.

In summary, here is the plot of the Monopoly Movie:

The story centers on a boy from Baltic Avenue who uses both Chance and Community in a quest to make his fortune, taking him on a fun, adventure-filled journey. It’s about making your own luck, what makes you truly rich and, of course, avoiding Jail time!

The movie concept has been discussed since 2008, and now it appears that Andrew Niccol (“The Truman Show”) will be handling the screenplay.  No release date has yet been announced for the film.

It could be hoped that if we are to have a movie based on the famous Monopoly board game, they can deliver a cinematic delight at least on par with the classic “Clue” movie.

We shall see.

For the official press release, click here.

Gail Katz (Image from

Gail Katz (Image from

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.


Movie and television news site Collider sat down with producer Randall Emmett to talk about the upcoming Monopoly movie. Set to film this summer, Emmett described the daunting task of getting this movie off the ground.

“To land the rights was a huge challenge because no independent company had every gotten right from Hasbro.”

With a script nine months in development, Monopoly promises to be a family adventure that will appeal to adults as well as kids, much like the beloved 80s classic Goonies.

“[Goonies] is a perfect analogy to what Monopoly hopefully will be.”

More information including the director, cast, and plot details will be revealed in early February following the Sundance Film Festival. Meanwhile production will begin shortly with at least some of the filming happening in Atlantic City.

For more on the Monopoly movie, check out the rest of Collider’s interview with Randall Emmett and their writeup here.


King of New York Sneak Preview

The most popular stories on the Dice Tower News are sometimes easy to predict. For example, we all know that people will be excited about the Dice Tower Game of the Year and the Spiel des Jahres announcements. Other times, small bits of information just pop out of nowhere and make an unexpectedly large splash.

Case in point, IELLO sent the Dice Tower a picture of a single King of New York card as a sort of sneak preview. Almost all of the information about the game is still under wraps despite the game being scheduled to be released next month. So, we’re desperate for information because all that has been revealed so far has been three monsters, a few cards, and some ambiguous information from the publisher. The funny thing is that we still don’t know what the side of the dice mean, so these sneak previews may just be creating more questions than answers. At the very least, all of our questions will be answered within the next few weeks as we approach the game’s Gen Con release.

Adam Sandler’s Rise to Board Game Fame

Adam Sandler, the comedic actor known for his leading roles in such 90s classics as The Waterboy, Happy Gilmore, and Billy Madison is slated to play a character in a movie based on a classic board game. Adam Sandler will be playing the role of Commander Sargon in the upcoming space epic, Cosmic Encounter: The Movie. Just kidding, he’s actually supposed to be in the film adaption of Candy Land.

Or at least he would be in the Candy Land movie if the film actually gets made. The problem is that the Landmark Entertainment Group has sued Hasbro for attempting to film the movie. Landmark originally developed the candy-based characters in the game, and Hasbro allegedly did not ask for permission to use the characters in the movie adaption. With a movie with such potential currently hanging on the line, our news team will keep you updated as new details about the lawsuit are released.

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What’s New with the Dice Tower?

1) For a moment, try to think back to the early days of the Dice Tower. Think of the days before the Dice Tower Awards, before all of the Dominion expansions came out, and even before slow motion component drops. These were much simpler times.

When Tom Vasel started to do video reviews for the Dice Tower, he didn’t just review the latest, most hyped releases. A majority of his reviews were actually children’s games like King Toad, Worm Up, and Arthur Saves the Planet. Over time, something changed and the children’s reviews started to slow down. Maybe it’s because Tom’s daughters became older, or maybe it was because Tom’s own tastes matured. For whatever reason, we had less reviews for kid’s games and it created a void that not even Ryan Metlzer could fill.

That was until last week’s Board Game Breakfast where Iain James joined the Dice Tower team. The cool thing about Iain is that he is the youngest member of the team, so he’s probably the most qualified to review children’s games. If you haven’t had the opportunity yet, check out some of his reviews. He has already looked at games like Nacho Loco, Banana Party, and Survive!

2) There are few games that are regularly celebrated by the Dice Tower. For example, when a new Cosmic Encounter expansion is released, the amount of excitement in the review is incomparable to the reviews of any other game. Ticket to Ride is another series the regularly receives a lot of hype. Maybe the hype comes from the annual expansions, or maybe it comes from the fact that the game is awesome.

The Ticket to Ride 10th Anniversary Edition has recently been released, leaving a lot of people debating the purchase. On one hand the board and components look fantastic, but on the other hand the price is pretty steep for a game that so many people already own. If you’re still on the fence about buying the Anniversary Edition, check out Tom Vasel and the Game Boy Geek’s reviews of the game.