Yet another classic board game is being turned into a movie, as Hunger Games studio Lionsgate is making a Monopoly film, and now we’ve learned who will star in it.
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart, who has made headlines recently for his past tweets that got him fired as the newest Oscars host, will star in a live-action version of the board game that destroys relationships and family bonds.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film has been in the works for more than a decade already, and it’s been through what’s described as a “hellish development process.” The latest script is said to involve a woman and her young son who go back in time to thwart a corrupt businessman. Whether or not that’s still the story for this newest version with Hart is unclear.
When the movie was officially announced in 2015, Lionsgate released a synopsis that is either the best or the worst depending on your attitude. Here it is:
“The story centers on a boy from Baltic Avenue who uses both Chance and Community in a quest to make his fortune, taking him on a fun, adventure-filled journey. It’s about making your own luck, what makes you truly rich and, of course, avoiding Jail time!”
It was previously announced that Andrew Niccol, who picked up an Academy Award nomination for The Truman Show, would write the screenplay for the Monopoly movie, but it’s not clear if he remains attached. According to a press release, the movie will be a “big, crowd-pleasing event film.”
Lionsgate goes on to say that the Monopoly movie will be “a film for all ages, visually sumptuous, heartwarming, and full of action and adventure.”
Monopoly is just the latest board game to be spun into a movie. The Peter Berg-directed Battleship movie starring Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Liam Neeson, and Taylor Kitsch, was released in 2012. Before that, there were films based on Dungeons & Dragons, Ouija, and Clue. Looking ahead, movies based on Tetris and Catan are in the works.
As for Hart, one of his next big movies is the sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which is also based on a board game.