Thu. Mar 23rd, 2023
Of course, the final movie will look more impressive if the special effects are added in…

Of course, the final movie will look more impressive if the special effects are added in…

One of the most baffling trends I’ve seen in gaming in recent years is Hollywood’s obsession with game adaptations that have almost no story, plot, or character. It’s one thing to adjust the lore Assassin’s Creed or The Legend of Zelda in less interactive forms, especially after movies like Tomb Raider And prince of Persia did well at the box office. It’s another thing to buy the movie rights for eg Tetris, Space invaders, asteroids, And Spy Hunterall of whom have or had movie projects in the works at some point… for one reason or another.

This is all a long-winded way to contextualize the baffling news that the hugely popular “Settlers of Catan” board game has been chosen for film and TV adaptations by producer Gail Katz, a veteran of blockbusters such as The perfect storm And Air Force One.

“I’ve been wanting to see an adaptation of the game for years, ever since my Catan-obsessed school-age kids introduced me to it,” Katz said in a statement. “The Isle of Catan is a vibrant, visual, exciting, and timeless world with classic themes and moral challenges that resonate today. There’s a great opportunity to take what people love about the game and its mythology as a starting point for the story.”

As an avid, almost hipster player of Settlers of Catan since the late ’90s, I must say I was absolutely unaware of the game’s underlying “mythology” until Katz mentioned it. I also struggle to demonstrate the game’s supposed “classic themes and moral challenges” unless “I have to take that spot on the 8 of wood before Jon builds another road” counts as a moral challenge.

As a game, it’s a fun, abstract battle of bartering over limited resources. As a movie or TV show, it will probably be the same generic medieval fantasy that everyone seems to want to act out in the aftermath of Game of Thrones become an unlikely hit.

In any case, more than 18 million copies of the “Catan” franchise have been sold as a board game and another two million copies via app downloads, according to a New Yorker profile from last year. That apparently makes it enough of a familiar “Hey, I’ve heard that name before” property to potentially appear in multiplexes alongside board game movies like the 2012 blockbuster. Battleshipthe horrible ones from last year Ouijaand one jammed Candyland film project described as “Lord of the Ringsbut is set in a world of sweets.”

That said, I think a historical drama is based on the Ticket to drive board game could actually be interesting.

By akfire1

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