Sometimes there are just no words. From the UK Times:
FILM director Ridley Scott is preparing the most unlikely movie of his career: a feature-length version of the venerable board game Monopoly.
The 69-year-old British film-maker, whose hits include Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, has been offered the pick of young actors to help turn the property game into a comedy thriller.
William Morris, the oldest theatrical agency in Hollywood, has promised Hasbro, which owns Parker Brothers, the manufacturer of Monopoly in the US, that the cream of its stable of 2000 actors will help create a blockbuster movie.
Scarlett Johansson and Kirsten Dunst are being considered for roles. Hasbro, which claims that Monopoly has been played by 750 million people since the 1930s, wants the film to feature “sexy young people” in an attempt to attract teenagers to board games.
Knowing Ridley, Russell Crowe should already be in serious talks to star as the thimble. Has it really come to this? Making movies out of board games that don’t even have a story to begin with? Soon you’re going to have a bunch of film executives sitting around a room and pointing at objects to make movies out of. “Mailbox: The Movie”. “Coffee Mug: Judgement Day”. “Bagel: The Secret of the Ooze”.