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If superhero movies were the fad of movie studios in the early part of the decade, and movies based on action figures the new fad, the next fad could be movies based on board games. Universal has a bunch of movies based on Hasbro games in development, with Battleship the one that's most likely to happen first. Now Sony Pictures has made a decision to get its own board-based movie in development: Risk.
Yup, Risk. In the game players try to take over other players' countries on the board. Hasbro has done specialty versions of Risk based on hit movies, TV shows and even Microsoft's Halo video game. Now Sony and Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment production company see a potential in bringing the Risk brand to film (game pieces not included.)
"The strategic thinking and the tactical gambles that players must take in the game are what make Risk a classic, thoroughly engaging game," said Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad. "Those elements translated into an action-packed, thrilling story are what will make this a uniquely exciting movie." Overbrook's James Lassiter, Hasbro's Brian Goldner and Columbia's Bennett Schneir are producing. A screenwriter hasn't been selected yet.