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This week, Mattel announced it has partnered with ITV Studios to create TV shows based on popular games it owns, like Scrabble, Pictionary and Uno. But why stop at television?
In Hollywood, where having an original thought is sooooo last millennium, it’s clear that anything found in a kids closet is fair “game” for a major motion picture. Think a simple kids' game can't also be a good movie? Think again! Monopoly and Candy Land are already in development to hit the big screen. Here's my take on other potential game-to-movie premises:
Scrabble, The Movie
The five vowelsA, E, I, O, and Unotice their normally high numbers start diminishing, so they hire half-cousin Y to figure it all out. When Y uncovers a sinister plot to cover the board with two-letter words (and is himself kidnapped by B), it’s up to U, I, Q and Z to work together on a triple-word play to save the game. John Cleese is already attached to star as Q, while John Hodgman plays The Dictionary.
Pictionary, The Movie
A mute and illiterate burglar breaks into the wrong house, interrupting a co-ed slumber party in progress. He takes the kids as hostages, but the only way he can communicate his demands to the police is by drawing them on large sheets of paper. The police in turn must draw their responses back to him. The madcap comedy stars Vicki Lawrence as the mom, and Speidi as the slumber party.
Uno, The Movie
When young Red 3 gets separated from the pack, he has to find his way back with new-found friends Blue 5 and Green 6 (or was that Green 9?). Not only does Red 3 have to avoid getting skipped and reversed, but he must also face down an intimidating gang of Draw 2s and 4s. Critics are already calling this film "the Rocky of family card game-inspired movies."
Operation, The Movie
A 10-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl are forced to medically operate on a man who has a terminally blinking red nose and foreign objects throughout his body. The original title of this film was SAW VIII.
Mister Potato Head, The Movie
This live-action flick follows the adventures of Starch, a loveable and rotund Idahoan on a personal journey to put the pieces of his life back together, only to find they were in a compartment in his butt the whole time.