‘Risk: The Board Game – The Movie’ Hires a Screenwriter

The game that proved that Australia is the most important strategic location on Earth is coming to theaters.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

We're already sick of board game movies, and none of them have even come out yet. We've got Battleship on the way courtesy of Peter Berg, a hardcore fantasy action version of Candyland on the way, and now Universal Pictures is bringing us Risk, which… Well, at least it's grand in scope.

Deadline reports that screenwriter John Hlavin (don't ask us how to pronounce it) has been hired to write a draft of Risk for Universal Pictures, adapting the game about world conquest to the big screen. Hlavin is best known for writing a few episodes of the FX series The Shield as well as the screenplay for the upcoming Underworld: New DawnRisk never had much of a plot, but really… isn't that the point? War is meaningless, man. Yeah… Think about it. If nothing else you have to admit it's an ambitious idea for a film, depicting absolute world conquest. Unless they go the Jumanji angle, with a group of kids deciding the fate of the world in their bedroom on a lazy afternoon. Actually, that could be kind of cool too. Kids playing at war, making decisions that affect the entire world. It could be like War Games for a new generation.

Another fun interpretation can be found in Tim Schafer's classic videogame Psychonauts, in which the hero jumps into a version of the popular board game to assist one of Napoleon Bonaparte's descendants in defeating his ancestor on the field of, well, not battle per se, but certainly the board of game.

Why are we so up on this project, when most other board game adaptations make us want to shove our hands in a blender just to escape the harsh reality that Hollywood is officially out of new ideas? Well, it turns out that Risk had a great Hollywood pedigree from the get-go: the original board game was created by none other than Albert Lamorisse, the French filmmaker who wrote and directed The Red Balloon, possibly one of the greatest films ever made. The movie won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and an Original Screenplay Oscar for Lamorisse in 1956.

Crave Online will be back with more Risk-y news after we build up all our purples.