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Risk is Being Turned Into a TV Show

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Jan 15 2021
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Risk – 64-year-old strategy game – is being adapted into a tv show by Hasbro’s film studio. I’m not sure that’s a great idea.

Back in the ancient days of 2009 there was a deal with Sony Pictures to turn the game into a movie. A script was being written by screenwriter John Hlavin (who went on to write Underworld: Awakening and Shooter) in 2011. Then the project petered out into nothing. Maybe it was too risky?

This time, according to Variety, they’re trying for a series with a script from Academy-award nominee Beau Willimon (House of Cards, The First), who apparently is a big fan of the game. It’s being made by eOne, the studio Hasbro bought in 2019 for $3.8 billion in hopes to leverage their properties to grow their empire.

“As we continue to build out eOne’s world-class content slate, we couldn’t think of more perfect partners than Beau and Jordan – whose award-winning storytelling and imagination are among the best in the business.”

This feels like a good time for a little stroll into the board game adaptations that don’t have Ouija in the title. There aren’t many, and there’s a reason for that.

Clue (2014) – This direct to home video take aims for the teen drama set. A group of teens witness a crime but are not believed when they report it. They must prove it’s not a hoax by unraveling a mystery. It drags in Nikola Tesla into it as a major plot point because why not? It doesn’t have a lot to do with the board game. It’s essentially Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys with the board game’s name attached to it.

 

Battleship (2012) – CG from Transformers (Hasbro owns both) sort of play a game with Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgård, and Rihanna in the middle of the ocean. There is a grid and there are boats. There’s also sibling rivalry, a cheesey romance subplot, and some very bad dialog. The director really wants to be Michael Bay. He is not Michael Bay. He is much, much worse.

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It’s on HBOMax right now if you’d like to give it a try. It’s less than 90 minutes long, and you can totally skip the first 1/2 hour and have it all make as much sense as it can (which is not much).

 

Candy Land: The Great Lollipop Adventure (2005) – A third rate animated movie about a gingerbread boy saving Candy Land from Lord Licorice. Great for kids of a certain age (maybe not for their parents), totally about the game, generally forgotten or unknown.

Clue (1985) – The adaptation written by John Landis and Jonathan Lynn gets it right. It takes everything from the board game and turns it into a hilarious who done it. The cast is made up of some of the greatest comedic actors of the era. The movie is a classic. It’s also a rarity when it comes to bringing games (video included) to the big screen.

It’s available on Amazon Prime.

 

That’s all there is.

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Risk does have a higher chance of being good on-screen fodder simply because of it’s premise (it’s also easier to make a mess of because of its premise). We’ll see how this goes – if it makes it out of the writing phase and into production, that is.

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