I tell no lies. Below is the extract from an interview with Ridley Scott published in the LA Times
"Monopoly: The Movie"?
Monopoly is still the most popular board game -- I might be misquoting! -- in the world. So it's really finding the universe for that game. Because clearly it ought to be humorous and for the family -- the funny way it brings out, particularly when your uncle suddenly gets Park Lane and -- in England, we have Park Lane, Mayfair and Barclay Square, what's it in America? Park and Madison? So you watch people change. You're witness to Jekyll and Hyde. Somewhere in that is a hysterically amusing and I think rather exciting film.
About our gilded age of greed?
That as well. Isn't that comical?
Sort of! Perhaps you can take cues from "Clue."
I never really saw "Clue." But I think it was quite clever. It was one of the first-ofs, wasn't it, where you kind of engage the audience? Listen, in this business you have to examine everything, every direction that media is taking us. Because media is taking us into where, more and more, people have more and more time for more and more leisure. What's happening is it's affecting this shift and change in cinema, both with the material you do and the audience driving movies. . . .
There is a further article in the London Times (http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertai...)
I would like to think that putting boardgames in the spotlight would be a good thing, but Monopoly is just the kind of poor product I am trying to convince people boardgaming is not about. Also I'm not sure boardgaming should be about - "So you watch people change. You're witness to Jekyll and Hyde."
Still, I can't wait for Monopoly - Monopoly: The Movie Edition
Get up, get up, get up, get down, fall over.
in England, we have Park Lane, Mayfair and Barclay Square
Nice to know Ridley has researched his subject so well. If he had looked at a board recently he would note that Barclay Square (with or without nightingale) does not feature in our English edition.