Well, it's official: The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Hasbro and Universal are moving forward on that movie based on the Monopoly board game by not only hiring Pamela Pettler (Corpse Bride, Monster House) to write the screenplay, but also by bringing Ridley Scott (who was simply a producer before) on as director. There's no mention of a solid story here yet, but THR does say that Scott plans to give the flick "a futuristic sheen along the lines of his iconic Blade Runner." Apart from Monopoly -- and as mentioned previously on Cinematical -- Universal and Hasbro are also working on adapting other games like Ouija Board and Battleship for the big screen too.

But what about Monopoly? Considering the struggling economy and how folks all over the world are losing property, do you think this is the right or wrong time to make a movie like this? I mean, the main point of the board game is to create a monopoly and bankrupt the other players, right? So who, exactly, will we be rooting for? A character by the name of Bill Yates? That said, I do dig the futuristic possibilities, and the comparisons to Blade Runner, so it'll be interesting to see what they end up with. And also, seeing as Pettler's written these family-friendly flicks, I wonder if that will be their direction as well.

Thoughts?