Monopoly, Hungry Hungry Hippos Movies in the Works

FILM: Monopoly
<p>Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski have been hired to write &quot;Monopoly,&quot; an adaptation of the Hasbro board game. Ridley Scott is attached to direct and is producing with Hasbro&#39;s Bennett Schneir and Brian Goldner.</p>   |   Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images
A new partnership with Hasbro and Emmett/Furla also gives big-screen potential to Action Man.

Its Universal deal may be a thing of the past, but Hasbro is still moving forward on translating its properties for the big-screen.

The company has signed a deal with Emmett/Furla, a prolific production banner run by co-founders Randall Emmett and George Furla, to finance and co-produce three movies in the next two years.

The titles include Monopoly, the real estate board game; Action Man, a British version of Hasbro’s toy soldier line, G.I. Joe; and — we’re not kidding — Hungry Hungry Hippos, a game in which players try to collect marbles by “eating” them via their mouth-opening hippos.    

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Monopoly, which was set up at Universal when Hasbro signed a multiproperty pact in 2008, is to be the first project before cameras, with a plan to begin production in 2013.

According to the companies, Emmett/Furla and Hasbro will co-produce these three films along with Brandon Grimes. Envision Entertainment’s partners Stepan Martisoyan and Remington Chase will co-finance with Emmett/Furla.

Hasbro has had mixed success with movies based on its toys. Transformers is a billion-dollar franchise for Paramount, but ths year's Battleship was an expensive flop for Universal.

Emmett/Furla is behind the current box office hit End of Watch and recently wrapped 2 Guns, an action film starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.