For those of you who have been trying to figure out the logic behind Ridley Scott‘s feature adaptation of the popular board game Monopoly, we’ve found some answers. Over at the Los Angeles Times, producer Frank Beddor revealed some details for the film’s story by describing the initial pitch he used to hook Scott and the studio. If you’ve been scratching your head wondering how it got the green light, your answer is below.
I created a comedic, lovable loser who lives in Manhattan and works at a real estate company and he’s not very good at his job but he’s great at playing Monopoly. And the world record for playing is 70 straight days – over 1,600 hours – and he wanted to try to convince his friends to help him break that world record. They think he is crazy. They kid him about this girl and they’re playing the game and there’s this big fight. And he’s holding a Chance card and after they’ve left he says, ‘Damn, I wanted to use that Chance card,’ and he throws it down. He falls asleep and then he wakes up in the morning and he’s holding the Chance card, and he thinks, ‘That’s odd.’”
“He’s all groggy and he goes down to buy some coffee and he reaches into his pocket and all he has is Monopoly money. All this Monopoly money pours out. He’s confused and embarrassed and the girl reaches across the counter and says, ‘That’s OK.’ And she gives him change in Monopoly money. He walks outside and he’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 Monopoly.”
OK, so obviously there’s a little Alice in Wonderland vibe to this movie. Crossing from the real world into a fantasy plane that centers on the game that this character loves so much. This premise would probably work if it was Tim Burton behind the camera, but when you think of Ridley Scott you think Alien, Gladiator, and American Gangster, not mystical fantasy.
What do you think of the premise behind the Monopoly movie?