The popular Settlers of Catan board game is about to takeover the big screen.
Those rights are now held by producer Gail Katz (AIR FORCE ONE), who snagged the feature film and TV rights to Catan over two years ago.
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The studio is reportedly fast-tracking development on the movie, with aims of, naturally, developing a franchise based on the property. Dan Lin (The Lego Movie) and Jonathan Eirich are attached to produce, with Blaise Hemingway signing on to pen the screenplay. Thus, Sony sees vast potential, and has hopes of constructing a possible multi film franchise from the game's world. Andrea Giannetti will oversee the project for Columbia. "As huge fans of the game, we're struck by the endless possibilities of stories that it could inspire. It's not every day that you have the opportunity to work in a world beloved by millions of people, and expand its story for the screen".
Klaus Teuber originally designed the game in 1995 and Germany soon honored it with its game of the year award. Numerous expansions and spinoffs for the game exist, opening up the world to seafaring and wartime scenarios, as well as some expansions that take the game into real-world historical settings or the realm of outer space.
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"Settlers of Catan" is a tabletop strategy game in which players build roads, settlements, and cities on the fiction island of Catan, using various resources like brick and lumber.
At the time, Katz said, "I've been wanting to see an adaptation of the game for years, ever since my Catan-obsessed college-aged kids introduced me to it". It is also available to play on gaming and mobile platforms. Recent offerings include Battleship (2012), Ouija (2014) and its sequel, Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016). The game revolves around a group of settlers who are attempting to establish colonies on the island of Catan. There's also teh OG board game flick, Clue, the 1985 whodunit movie starring Tim Curry.
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