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March 2, 2009

Newsbites: The Hasbro toys and games edition!

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1. Director Ridley Scott and Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner say their film version of Monopoly will reflect the current economic crisis. As it happens, the current version of the board game was patented in 1935, at the height of the Great Depression. -- MTV Movies Blog

2. Goldner says the movie based on Hasbro's Ouija board will be a spooky horror film that tells people to be careful what they wish for, and it will ask whether the Ouija board is really just a game: "Half of the people that play Ouija as a séance think it’s just a game. The other half thinks it’s much more serious than that. So that idea, is this real or is this just sort of imagined? Is this something that’s done by the participants or is this something that’s really from beyond?" -- MTV Movies Blog

3. Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski is in final negotiations to direct a movie based on Clue. The board game was previously turned into a feature film -- with three different endings, all released to theatres -- in 1985. -- Hollywood Reporter (x2)

4. The title character in Stretch Armstrong, currently being written by Steve Oedekerk of Bruce Almighty and Kung Pow: Enter the Fist fame (he also happens to be a Christian -- Oedekerk, that is; I have no idea about Stretch Armstrong), will be a reluctant superhero. "Imagine a comedic way to get into reluctantly finding out that you now have all these powers, and what do you do with it," says Goldner. "Especially if people want to get their hands on those powers." -- MTV Splash Page

5. Amazingly, there was no new news this past week about the latest G.I. Joe and Transformers movies, both of which come out this summer.

Related Tags: clue, monopoly, ouija, stretch armstrong

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