Settlers of Catan is the gateway drug of serious board games (as opposed to the casual Hasbro-type games). With resources to play and trade and a board that subtly shifts with each game, it's simple, yet addictive fun. We truly hope that this translates well to the big screen, because we have news that Settlers may be adapted as a movie and/or television series.
That's right. Another movie based on a board game. Can Cones of Dunshire be far behind?
According to ComingSoon, Gail Katz (Pawn Sacrifice, The Perfect Storm) has obtained film and television rights through her Gail Katz Productions banner.
This isn't the first time that Hollywood has raided the board game shelf for ideas ... but it hasn't always been a successful move. Battleship (2012) was nominated for six Golden Raspberry awards, plus the Houston Film Critics Society award for worst film. The 2014 movie Ouija's ratings were rock bottom, but it earned $99 million on a budget of a mere $5 million.
Conversely, Mars Attacks!, the 1996 movie based on a series of trading cards, still has a following. And so does Clue, the entertaining 1985 murder mystery with three different endings.
A movie based on Settlers of Catan isn't automatically a losing idea. Players of the game use five resources (stone, brick, wool, wheat and wood) to develop roads, settlements, and cities -- that is, an entire civilization. The first of (up to) four players to earn 10 victory points--which are earned by, say, acquiring the largest army or through development cards -- wins.
According to Katz, "The island of Catan is a vivid, visual, exciting and timeless world with classic themes and moral challenges that resonate today. There is a tremendous opportunity to take what people love about the game and its mythology as a starting point for the narrative.”
If nothing else, the movie will likely inspire interest in the board game. That's even better news.