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Sony Pictures Entertainment has acquired the rights to produce a movie based on Hasbro's classic strategy boardgame Risk, offering the delicious possibility that the company might follow it up with Ludo: The Motion Picture and Mahjong: Tiles of Destiny. Those of you wishing to object to the plan are directed to /FILM, which …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Risk? Hah! Warlord is what they want to film

    Warlord was another strategy game. Similar to risk, but this one had nukes. ;-)



  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Oh for Christ's sake Hollywood stop ruining everything. You didn't need to remake "The Wicker Man" dumbed-down for Americans with an action hero kicking a nun. You don't need to re-re-remake every bank robbery film every three years: they aren't cheese, they won't go mouldy. And you shouldn't go squeezing a few paltry dollars out of good, honest brands like Risk just because Disney has already raped all of our fairytale heritage. Create something new. Damn it.

  3. Anonymous Coward

    Not to mention..

    Bridget Jones Diary

  4. Niall 1

    Snakes and Ladders...

    on a plane.

  5. Anonymous Coward

    title goes here

    I look forward to the day your articles are 100% Bootnote, but until then 50/50 ain't bad.

    (WTF icon aimed at 'Risk: The Move-e' of course)

  6. Gary 23

    Art imitating life?

    What's funny is that if the film is successful, there will be games created based on the film.

  7. Richard 81


    Just watch Waterloo.

  8. Stuart Castle Silver badge

    Other games?

    What about Chess: The Movie? An epic movie about a battle between a white and black army..

    Solitaire? The cast should be nice a cheap for that.

  9. Wing Stand


    Bridge is in the public domain: whoever sold you the rights ripped you off.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    Risk as a movie?

    We all know how that is going to go... Asia cannot be held despite its 7 men at the start of every turn advantage, Napoleon and Hitler can tell you how that goes.

    Of course Australia will inevitably win by conquering the islands near them with a big fat army sitting on Indonesia and Papa New Guinea and just building up until they can conquer everyone else.

    I for one welcome our new Australian overlords.

  11. Bassey

    At least

    At least they didn't use the phrase "re-imagining".

    @ Nial 1 : Genius, fella. Pure gold.

  12. Eddie Edwards

    Good chance for cross-marketing

    Maybe in Spiderman IV, Peter Parker will work for the Daily Boggle.

  13. Chris Hill 1

    Mornington Crescent?

    Will we ever see a film version of Mornington Crescent?

  14. thefutureboy

    Red Dwarf

    LISTER: What I want to know, is how the smeg can you remember what dice

    you threw at a game you played when you were seventeen?

    RIMMER: I jotted it down in my Risk campaign book. I always used to do

    that so I could replay my moments of glory over a glass of brandy in

    the sleeping quarters. I ask you, what better way is there to spend a

    Saturday night?

    CAT: Ya got me.

    RIMMER: So a six and a three and he came back with a three and a two.

    LISTER: Rimmer, can’t you tell the story is not gripping me? I’m in a

    state of non-grippedness, I am completely smegging ungripped. Shut the

    smeg up.

    RIMMER: Don’t you want to hear the Risk story?

    LISTER: That’s what I’ve been saying for the last fifteen minutes.

    RIMMER: But I thought that was because I hadn’t got to the really

    interesting bit…

    LISTER: What really interesting bit?

    RIMMER: Ah well, that was about two hours later, after he’d thrown a

    three and a two and I’d thrown a four and a one. I picked up the


    LISTER: Hang on Rimmer, hang on… the really interesting bit is exactly

    the same as the dull bit.

    RIMMER: You don’t know what I did with the dice though, do you? For all

    you know, I could have jammed them up his nostrils, head butted him on

    the nose and they could have blasted out of his ears. That would’ve

    been quite interesting.

    LISTER: OK, Rimmer. What did you do with the dice?.

    RIMMER: I threw a five and a two.

    LISTER: And that’s the really interesting bit?

    RIMMER: Well it was interesting to me, it got me into Irkutsk.

  15. Anonymous Coward
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    Hey, why not? They did Cluedo with Tim Curry and Christopher Lloyd.

  16. Haku

    Tic Tac Toe starring Matthew Broderick

    Coming this Spring, Matthew Broderick is a man who spends his working hours planning theoretical scenarios involving global thermonuclear war outcomes, but his dream is to create the ultimate tic-tac-toe solving computer.

    Or something.

  17. 4HiMarks

    What's next?

    Pong - the Movie? Can't wait for Minesweeper.

    I think Stratego would make a better film than Risk.

    Then there is the classic game movie of all time:

  18. marschw

    @Gary 23

    Don't forget Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game.

  19. DV Henkel-Wallace
    Paris Hilton

    The big question though is

    Who will be cast as kamchatka?

  20. Butch Kaniecki

    Wrong Game

    Ok all - looking for some Venture Capital to fund my screen play for Cribbage - Rise of the Heels -

    Story of an adventurous player chasing the asspeg of an opponent attempting to make a delivery of His Nobs to a mysterious oppenent. Only to find the heels belongs to a tranny - and ends up losing and receiving his Nobs rather than the intended Delivery.

    Next Project - Match Game 69 the Movie. The real story of Charles Nelson Reilly and Brett Somers - and why Gene Rayburn was always smiling.

  21. windywoo
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    Was already made into a film which was alright.

    I think someone has the film rights to Monopoly as well.

    There we go. Directed by Ridley Scott. I can see it now, we start with the reflection of a city in the pupil of an eye, a city made entirely of red and green plastic houses.

  22. Daniel B.

    CollegeHumor won them

    They already have a trailer for MINESWEEPER: THE MOVIE.

  23. John Savard

    A War Movie

    Lots of movies about wars, real ones or imaginary ones in the future or in fantasy realms, have been made. So to make a war movie about the kind of global war that a game of Risk represents doesn't really involve making a strange kind of movie. For that matter, Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: the Gathering have been used as the basis for novels, so clearly these games could easily be brought to the silver screen.

  24. Graham Dawson Silver badge

    Of course, it has to be...

    MINESWEEPER: The movie!

    Years ago. Sony are behind the times.

  25. Rande Knight


    The japanese have done reasonably successful manga/anime based around board games.

    Go - "Hikaru No Go"

    Shogi - "Shion No Ou"

    Mahjong - "Saki"

  26. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    ...If you can squeeze three sequels out of "Anaconda", "Hungry, Hungry, Hippos" has to be a starter!

  27. Martin 6 Silver badge

    Death of hollywood

    With piracy being responsible for the death of hollywood it's amazing that the creative geniuses are prepared to labour for years to bring such high art concepts to our screens. they are obviously in it purely for the love of the art.

  28. sT0rNG b4R3 duRiD



    WTF? icon now.

    you know it needs to be done.

  29. Keith Doyle
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    Lamest game ever

    Every game of Risk I've ever played ended up as a three-player stalemate, until one of the players got so bored with playing it they'd intentionally throw the game. As soon as one player started to get large, the other two would gang up on him and whittle him back down to size, and in that process one of the others got to be the big guy who was then the next target.

    Feel free to use that description as the synopsis for the movie...

  30. John 62


    I thought Risk had already been in an episode of Seinfeld.

    A far better game would be Jumanji. You could could make a film out of that! Oh, wait...

  31. Anonymous Coward


    Eh, Hong Kong filmmakers have already churned out dozens of films centered around Mahjongg

  32. Neoc

    El Reg doesn't watch enough TV.

    "Sony Pictures Entertainment has acquired the rights to produce a movie based on Hasbro's classic strategy boardgame Risk, offering the delicious possibility that the company might follow it up with Ludo: The Motion Picture and Mahjong: Tiles of Destiny."

    Obviously, you don't watch anime, do you? To whit, I will point you to the recently concluded "Saki", 25 episodes about a bunch of high-school students trying to win a place in the National Mahjong Tournament.

    And there's more... much, much more... ^_^ including the odd "Where Seagulls Cry" which is a mix of Cluedo and Chess.

  33. Goat Jam


    And still nobody wants to make movies on Arthur C Clarkes Rama series

    <- Hollywood

  34. Winkypop Silver badge
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    Finding Nemo II

    Go Fish!

  35. Dan Reeder

    oh Lester,

    I like how the bootnote is longer than the main article.

  36. Crazy Operations Guy

    RE: El Reg doesn't watch enough TV

    Because everyone knows they aren't prepubescent Japanese Girls...

  37. Emilio Desalvo

    Movies from games.

    Well, Clue The Movie was good...

  38. TeeCee Gold badge

    Jenga, The Movie.

    In which two huge skyscrapers are built and then a big chunk is poked out of the middle of each. Will they fall down or won't they?

    Oh, hang on, it's been done..........

  39. Anonymous Coward
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    Had Hitler in it! What's all that about?!

  40. Richard 102

    Oh great

    Look for a hit song called "One Night in Yakutsk" by those guys from Abba.

    Maybe next they can make one from Rook. Or "Sorry: Revenge of the Reverse 4" or whatever.

    Uno: The Movie! Starring Uno the Beagle.

    Okay, I'll stop.

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