So I'm not going to waste anyone's time by decrying the decision to make major motion pictures out of board games; Lord knows enough time and ink have already been devoted to that topic. But, regardless of what you may think about Hollywood's creative choices (or lack thereof), I know most of you were curious as to what exactly movies based on Monopoly, Candy Land, and Ouija Boards were going to be about. Thanks to MTV, we now have our first taste of Hasbro on the big screen.

First up is Ridley Scott's Monopoly, which is probably the strangest in the bunch because you wouldn't necessarily pair the macho director with a film about real estate. It gets stranger, though, because the movie isn't just Jumanji with land transfer taxes. Instead, Goldner tells MTV, "The whole world is about the financial markets...Pamela Pettler who's writing this great script about real people kind of playing a real-life game of 'Monopoly,' not the board game, although they're icons of the game. And then you really get the idea why this story could make sense right now." ... And I don't think I'm alone in saying that would be the first thing that does make sense since the film was announced.

Next up is Candy Land. Monika already brought us the news in February that Tropic Thunder writer Etan Cohen was at work on a script, but today MTV finally gave us a peek at what's planned. Goldner told MTV, "Imagine if you took that basic idea of going to a better place, and then allowed the audience to go to that same place together. But then you come to find out, like every other place that's promised to just be all better and all sweets and candy, you come to find out there's actually some controversy there as well." Controversy and candy canes? I guess it helps to imagine Pleasantville with gumdrops.

After the jump find out what Goldner had to say about the spooky game flick, Ouija. Last but not least is the Ouija Board film. If you've ever attended a sleep-over, I'm sure you are well acquainted with the awesome lameness that is a Ouija board. Goldner's flick is still in the development stage, but he did confirm that the story centers on "one, be careful what you wish for; and two, is Ouija just a game or is there something deeper and more sinister going on?" The sad thing is that this idea probably has the most traction, although I could have swore this movie was made once before.

So what do you think? Do any of these films sound like they can escape their less than auspicious beginnings? We adapt books, plays, and video games -- but do you think you can actually make a good film inspired by family game night? Sound off below...
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