Despite concerns about the lack of success with video and board game movie adaptations, Hollywood continues to look for new properties to convert to screens big and small.
According to Variety, Sony is looking secure the rights to adapt the board game into a film. It will either be a surprisingly clever take on a popular board game property (1985's Clue) or it will be 2012's Battleship. Katz acquired the rights to the board game in 2015, and Sony Pictures is now negotiating to acquire those rights. The game revolves around a group of settlers who are attempting to establish colonies on the island of Catan.
"Settlers of Catan" is building a road to a movie adaptation.
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The screenplay for the Catan movie is being written by Blaise Hemingway, a writer who is also penning the scripts for Ugly Dolls and the untitled Playmobil movie. She was previously on board projects such as Pawn Sacrifice, The Perfect Storm and Air Force One. The latter was behind the quite successful releases of The Lego Movie and It.
"We're excited to be working with Sony to bring the iconic world of Catan to life", said Katz. The aforementioned The Angry Birds Movie pulled in almost $350 million worldwide, per Box Office Mojo, and Catan has sold more than 25 million copies in 38 languages across the globe. He added that he was also a huge fan of the game and he believed on the endless opportunities that the movie will inspire its viewers, Entertainment Weekly reported. I haven't played the game myself, but as Catan has sold more than 25 million copies in 38 languages, there's clearly a massive fan-base behind the franchise, but, will they turn out for a possible feature-film? "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".