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Operation gameThe cast of 'Toy Story 3' aside, it's hard to imagine that the classic toys and board games many of us grew up with would work as movie premises. That hasn't stopped Hollywood from raiding the toy chests of Generations Jones and X for movie ideas that combine kid appeal with adult nostalgia.

The success of Hasbro in becoming a Hollywood player (thanks to the 'Transformers' and 'G.I. Joe' films) has convinced toy makers that just about any classic toy or board game you can think of could become a blockbuster movie. The latest toy to jump aboard the Hollywood gravy train: Denmark's wild-haired, scrunch-faced Good Luck Trolls (last seen in a cameo in 'Toy Story 3'), who signed a deal last week to be the stars of a DreamWorks Animation feature.

For moviegoers of a certain age, it seems no toy is safe from potential memory-besmirching ruin by the studios. Just for fun, we thought we'd come up with a list of classic toys and games that Hollywood could despoil, only to discover that many of them were already in development, with A-list stars or directors attached. Read the list below and see if you can tell which of these toy movies are real projects and which ones we made up. Operation gameThe cast of 'Toy Story 3' aside, it's hard to imagine that the classic toys and board games many of us grew up with would work as movie premises. That hasn't stopped Hollywood from raiding the toy chests of Generations Jones and X for movie ideas that combine kid appeal with adult nostalgia.

The success of Hasbro in becoming a Hollywood player (thanks to the 'Transformers' and 'G.I. Joe' films) has convinced toy makers that just about any classic toy or board game you can think of could become a blockbuster movie. The latest toy to jump aboard the Hollywood gravy train: Denmark's wild-haired, scrunch-faced Good Luck Trolls (last seen in a cameo in 'Toy Story 3'), who signed a deal last week to be the stars of a DreamWorks Animation feature.

For moviegoers of a certain age, it seems no toy is safe from potential memory-besmirching ruin by the studios. Just for fun, we thought we'd come up with a list of classic toys and games that Hollywood could despoil, only to discover that many of them were already in development, with A-list stars or directors attached. Read the list below and see if you can tell which of these toy movies are real projects and which ones we made up.

Barbie. There have been lots of straight-to-video Barbie cartoons, but so far, no live action film. That will change with Universal's forthcoming movie inspired by the Mattel doll. Laurence Mark ('Julie & Julia') is producing. Script possibilities are virtually limitless, since Barbie has proved over the decades that she can handle any job except math teacher. No cast yet, perhaps since it's hard, even in California, to find a six-foot blonde with a 19-inch waist.

Battleship gameBattleship. The naval warfare game doesn't have much of an implied plot, so the filmmakers are adding alien invaders to the mix. Alexander Skarsgard ('True Blood') and Taylor Kitsch ('Friday Night Lights') will play two naval commanders who are also brothers, and who find themselves fighting off an alien threat. Peter Berg ('Hancock') directs the film, due in summer 2012.

Candyland gameCandy Land. Imagine 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' without the creepy edge, and you'll have this Universal project, due in 2011. Etan Cohen ('Tropic Thunder') is writing the script, and Kevin Lima ('Enchanted') is directing. Note to theater owners: Better keep those concession stands well-stocked.

Clue. Yes, there was already a 'Clue' movie 25 years ago, a film best remembered now for being released in three versions, each with a different solution to its whodunit. The new 'Clue' will expand beyond the game's traditional mansion setting to become a global thriller. Gore Verbinski (the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise) will direct, after he's finished adapting the video game BioShock and remaking 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.'

Hungry Hungry Hippos. Based on the Hasbro game featuring four marble-gobbling hippopotamuses, this animated comedy will have an ecological subtext, noting the dwindling food supply in the world's jungles and rain forests. John Goodman, Queen Latifah, Jorge Garcia and Kathy Bates will star.

Commercial for Hungry Hungry Hippos game


Lego. As with Barbie, it's hard to believe there's never been a big-screen movie based on the protean brick toys, but then again, it must be paralyzing to come up with a script idea for a toy that can do just about anything. Nonetheless, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directors of 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,' have come up with an idea (which Warner Bros. is keeping secret) that reportedly solves the problem and appeals to both adults and kids. Their Lego movie, which will blend live-action with animation, is next on their plate, after the pair adapt the 1980s teen-cop TV drama '21 Jump Street.'

Magic 8 Ball toyMagic 8 Ball. The fortune-telling toy will be at the center of a live-action adventure, probably something along the lines of 'National Treasure,' with clues to some grand scavenger hunt emerging one by one from the murky blue fluid inside the toy. Paramount has hired screenwriters Jon Gunn and John Mann, who've written some yet-to-be-released DreamWorks Animation movies.

Micronauts toysMicronauts. Having successfully resurrected 'Star Trek,' J.J. Abrams takes on another artifact of '70s sci-fi. This line of Japanese robot toys (the robots were actually ships that contained tiny spacemen inside, à la Eddie Murphy's 'Meet Dave') anticipated the Transformers, though they're not as well-remembered. Still, Abrams is convinced that the toys have star quality, which will be apparent once people see the movie.

Monopoly gameMonopoly. Director Ridley Scott ('Robin Hood,' 'Gladiator') has been talking for years about his forthcoming version of the real estate game. In the movie, an expert Monopoly player will find himself in the world of the game, a fantasy realm that should be a piece of cake for the guy who directed 'Blade Runner.' Scott says the movie will take a satirical look at greed and the current economic crisis.

Mouse Trap gameMouse Trap. Plagued by rodents in the decaying mansion they inherited from a crazy uncle (cameo by Christopher Lloyd), two mad scientist brothers (Jack Black and Jon Heder) succeed in building a better mouse trap: a wacky Rube Goldberg device that makes them famous. Robert Zemeckis ('Back to the Future') directs.

Operation. A patient with a strange ailment -- a flashing red nose -- enters a hospital for treatment but is subjected instead to an increasingly bizarre and horrifying set of surgical experiments. David Cronenberg directs.

Commercial for Operation game


Othello gameOthello. In this Charlie Kaufman script, the Shakespeare play combines with the Mattel disk-flipping strategy game to offer a contemporary, surreal take on race relations. The racial antagonism between Othello (Denzel Washington) and Iago (John Turturro) is complicated by the fact that they keep mysteriously swapping races, flipping between black and white and back again. Spike Lee directs.

Ouija boardOuija. Who's that signaling from beyond the grave? It's the ghost of the 1986 movie 'Witchboard,' apparently disturbed that Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes horror production company is making another movie based on the seance game board. 'Tron Legacy' screenwriters Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are writing the Universal picture, which will be less a horror tale than a supernatural action movie.

Risk. Did you know that Risk was actually the brainchild of a filmmaker, French director Albert Lamorisse ('The Red Balloon')? The game of world conquest will prove a natural for a big-budget Will Smith global thriller, which is why Columbia bought it for him.

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots toyRock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots. Two bulky androids fight in the boxing ring until one literally knocks the other's block off. Sounds like a good idea for a movie, which is why there's one in the works called 'Real Steel,' starring Hugh Jackman and due in November 2011. That's apparently not stopping Mattel from going ahead with its own adaptation of its vintage toy. Epic-minded Wolfgang Petersen ('Poseidon,' 'Troy') is reportedly attached to direct.

Stretch Armstrong. A buff bodybuilder with incredibly elastic limbs, Stretch will be played on screen by 'Twilight' mainstay Taylor Lautner. In the movie, written by Nick Stoller ('Get Him to the Greek'), Stretch is a spy who becomes a rubbery superhero after his exposure to a mysterious chemical formula. The movie is due in 2012.

Commercial for Stretch Armstrong toy


So, how many of these are real projects?
Almost all of them -- 'Barbie,' 'Battleship,' 'Candy Land,' 'Clue,' 'Lego,' 'Magic 8 Ball,' 'Micronauts,' 'Monopoly,' 'Ouija,' 'Risk,' 'Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots' and 'Stretch Armstrong.' The 'Hungry Hungry Hippos,' 'Mouse Trap,' 'Operation,' and 'Othello' scenarios aren't for real -- at least, not yet.

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