Books have been made into movies. Video games have been made into movies. Even theme park rides have been made into movies — with remarkable results.
So why not board games?
Why not, indeed. After all, pioneering 1985 adaptation Clue is firmly established as a cult classic — and while this week’s new robot-boxing release ‘Real Steel’ doesn’t carry an official Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em Robots license, it’s widely held to be nigh-indistinguishable from the legendary board game/toy.
Bizarre though it might be, ‘Real Steel’ is proving to be a hit with critics , but this is just the start. Led by a high-stakes deal between board game maker Hasbro and Universal Pictures and boasting the involvement of big names like Ridley Scott, Tim Burton, and Liam Neeson, a slew of family classics are set to head from cardboard to celluloid over the next few years.