Monday, November 16, 2009

Ridley Scott Buys Into "Monopoly"...

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Director Ridley "Blade Runner" Scott and producer Frank "There's Something About Mary" Beddor continue developing with toys/games manufacturer Hasbro, a feature adaptation of the board game "Monopoly".

"I created a comedic, lovable loser who lives in Manhattan and works at a real estate company and he’s not very good at his job but he’s great at playing 'Monopoly'," said an excited Beddor about the screenplay.

"The world record for playing is 70 straight days, over 1,600 hours, and he wanted to try to convince his friends to help him break that world record.

"They think he's crazy. They kid him about this girl and they’re playing the game and there’s this big fight. And he’s holding a 'Chance' card and after they’ve left he says, 'Damn, I wanted to use that Chance card' and he throws it down.

"He falls asleep and then he wakes up in the morning and he’s holding the Chance card, and he thinks, 'That’s odd', He’s all groggy and he goes down to buy some coffee and he reaches into his pocket and all he has is Monopoly money. All this Monopoly money pours out. He’s confused and embarrassed and the girl reaches across the counter and says, 'That’s OK.' And she gives him change in Monopoly money!

"He walks outside and he’s in this very vibrant place, 'Monopoly City' and he’s just come out of a Chance Shop. As it goes on, he takes on the evil 'Parker Brothers' in the game of Monopoly. He has to defeat them.

" It tries to incorporate all the iconic imageries — a sports car pulls up, there’s someone on a horse, someone pushing a wheelbarrow — and rich 'Uncle Pennybags', you’re going to see him as the maĆ®tre d’ at the restaurant and he’s the buggy driver and the local eccentric and the doorman at the opera...there’s all these sight gags..."