The popular Settlers of Catan board game is about to takeover the big screen. Back in 2015, it was announced that Gail Katz (The Perfect Storm, Air Force One) had acquired the rights to the award-winning board game. Fast forward two years, and Variety now reports that Sony Pictures is in talks to acquire the rights and adapt The Settlers of Catan as a movie.
Katz will be acting as producer alongside Dan Lin (The LEGO Movie, IT) and Jonathan Eirich (Netflix’s Death Note), with Blaise Hemingway (Shooter) tapped to pen the screenplay. According to the trade, the Catan movie is being fast-tracked by Sony in hopes it can launch a film franchise. The project will be overseen by Andrea Giannetti (Inferno, Passengers) for Columbia.
“We’re excited to be working with Sony to bring the iconic world of Catan to life,” Katz said in a statement. “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.”
The Settlers of Catan was created by Klaus Teuber in 1995 and received several awards over the years, including the highly coveted Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) upon its release. The German game became so popular it sold more than 25 million copies worldwide and was translated into 38 languages. Over the years, several expansions and spinoffs (including the card game The Rivals for Catan) were created, including Star Trek Catan, which was released by Mayfair Games in in 2012, and the upcoming A Game of Thrones Catan.
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In the original game (as well as the various spinoffs), players take on the role of settlers who must build settlements, cities and roads on “the ever-changing fictional island of Catan amid scarce resources,” with the goal of becoming the dominant community by achieving 10 victory points.
The multiplayer strategy game even gave rise to a novel and several video games across various platforms, including PC, Xbox, PlayStation 3, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, BlackBerry and Android phones. The Settlers of Catan also boasts millions of rabid players, an active online community, and you can also play the game online here. A short film titled The Lord of Catan starring Amy Acker (Angel, Person of Interest, The Gifted) and Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) was released in 2014 and featured a married couple taking their rivalry over a game of Settlers of Catan to apocalyptic proportions.
The Settlers of Catan is only the latest in board game-to movie adaptations. Recent offerings include Battleship (2012), Ouija (2014) and its sequel, Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016). There's also teh OG board game flick, Clue, the 1985 whodunit movie starring Tim Curry.
What do you think of The Settlers of Catan coming to the big screen from Sony?