Friday, June 10, 2011

Columbia Takes A Calculated "Risk"

Columbia Pictures, Hasbro and Overbrook Entertainment have attached screenwriter John Hlavin ("Underworld 4: New Dawn") for a motion pciture adaptation of the Hasbro board game "Risk".

"Hasbro has already seen tremendous success with 'Transformers' and 'G.I. Joe'," said Columbia President Doug Belgrad. "The strategic thinking and the tactical gambles that players must take in the game are what make 'Risk' a classic, thoroughly engaging game. Those elements translated into an action-packed, thrilling story are what will make this a uniquely exciting movie."

The strategic board game, originally produced by Parker Brothers (now a division of Hasbro), was invented by French film director Albert Lamorisse, released in 1957, as "La ConquĂȘte du Monde" ("The Conquest of the World").

The turn-based game, designed for two to six players, had a standard version, played on a board depicting a map of the Earth, divided into forty-two territories, grouped into six continents.

By controlling armies, the primary object of the game is "world domination," or "to occupy every territory on the board and in so doing, eliminate all other players".

An official licensed iOS app, "RISK : The Official Game", developed for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad by Electronic Arts, was released July 16, 2010.

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