Thursday, November 12, 2009

NEWS: The Monopoly Film Is Exactly What We Thought It Would Be...


One would hope that, with Ridley Scott at the help, the upcoming Monopoly film would at least sound a tad bit interesting, and could somehow be solid, but nothing, and I mean nothing, could have led anyone to believe that the film would be as George-Lucas-esque bad as the recently discussed premise is. Here’s what Frank Beddor, the man behind the mustache (well, at least the film and its concept), had to say.

[H]e’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 Monolopy. 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.

Uhh, yeah. I honestly have no idea what to say.

Hero Complex, who had the scoop on all of Beddor’s verbal vomit, goes on to discuss the character who we will follow, who happens to be a “comedic, loveable loser, who’s not so hot at his job in Real Estate.” Comparisons to Jumanji and Zathura have run rampant throughout the web, and honestly, those comparisons are for the hopeful. This thing sounds beyond “Indiana Jones 4” style stupidity.

That said, /Film brings up a good point, that this guy, Beddor, is NOT penning the final screenplay, and Pamela Pettler is. Throughout a films production, screenplays change, stories shift, and movies grow and change equally. This needs that to happen, and fast. We don’t know what will be the final story, but how awful the story sounds, and how corny all of the iconography is, just leaves me even more worried about the project than I previously was.

All in all, this is not a project that I have too high of hopes for. Ridley Scott is showing that he may (doubtfully) be losing a step, at least with Body of Lies, but overall, I still have faith in him. But only when the source material works, and this is the polar opposite of that. Chance Shop? That should kind of spell out what the f*** for those out of the 1st grade.

What do YOU think?

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