Sony to adapt Risk for big screen

Hasbro board game has players vying for world domination

Sony Pictures is taking on some Risk, having acquired the film rights to the classic board game, in which players vie for world domination, from Hasbro.

The film will be produced and developed by Hasbro president and CEO Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir and Overbrook Entertainment's James Lassiter.

The game was invented in 1957 by French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse under the title La Conquete du Monde (The Conquest of the World). Two years later, Parker Brothers published the game in the U.S. as Risk. According to Hasbro, Risk was the first board game to offer nonlinear movement as players compete on a map of the world by amassing armies and conquering territory.

"Hasbro has already seen tremendous success with Transformers and G.I. Joe and audiences have shown a great desire for films that bring to life everything that has made these franchise properties stand the test of time," said Doug Belgrad, Columbia Pictures president, who announced the deal on Wednesday along with his fellow president Matt Tolmach. He predicted that the strategic and tactical game play would translate into an action movie.

Lassiter noted that Overbrook already has two television projects in development with Hasbro Studios.

Separately, Hasbro also has an overall deal with Universal Pictures for as many as four movies with titles such as "Battleship" currently in active development.