February 20, 2015 by dracs
With everything from Ouija boards to Battleship getting turned into movies, it was only a matter of time before cinema’s attention turned to one of the world’s most popular board games. Now it looks like Settlers of Catan is heading to the big screen.
In Settlers of Catan, players compete to build their settlements across this new land, struggling for resources as their societies expand. The game has been exceptionally successful, selling over 22 million copies world wide, its simple strategic gameplay making it highly appealing to both long standing and casual gamers. Sounds like the perfect basis for a movie!
According to Deadline, the film rights to the franchise have been acquired by Gail Katz, the producer behind the Harrison Ford film Air Force One. She was apparently introduced to the game by her college-aged kids and has been wanting to see an adaptation ever since.
Now, while Settlers of Catan is rather sparse when it comes to plot, it does have a strong basis and setting which could lead to an interesting story. The conflicts and struggles of a settlement trying to establish itself is one which could be interesting to explore. Personally, I believe this could work as long as the island of Catan itself feels like a character and there is a strong focus on the settlement as a whole. There should be a focus on communal identity as the settlements try to deal with each other over the resource.
Also, somebody must ask if anyone has wood for sheep.
Can you think of a plot for this movie?
"The game has been exceptionally successful, selling over 22 million copies world wide."
"This could work as long as the island of Catan itself feels like a character."