According to a news post from Variety, Sony Pictures has announced that they are currently in talks to obtain the film rights for the Catan board game franchise. With board game popularity on the rise, it’s of no surprise that a motion picture company is looking to capitalize by making a board game-themed movie. And really, what better game property is there to try adapting into a movie than Settlers of Catan? Settlers of Catan is arguably one of the games responsible for the current board game revolution, and is at the forefront of many gamers’s collections. Now we just need to hope that board game-adapted films turn out significantly better than their video game counter parts.
Catan, or The Settlers of Catan as it was originally named, was introduced to the world by German game designer Klaus Teuber. Players take control of small settlements on the island of Catan which they attempt to grow into a large civilization by collecting and trading resources (wood, brick, sheep, and stone). The primary interaction between players is passive-aggressive blocking, and resource trading.
The rights to a Catan movie were originally purchased in 2015 by Gail Katz (Air Force One, The Perfect Storm). She is proposing to sell those rights to Sony but is committed to staying on the project as a producer. Sony has committed to fast tracking the project, even bringing in another producer, Dan Lin (The Lego Movie, Sherlock Holmes), and also retaining Blaise Hemingway as a writer.
I am still not sure how a movie about trading sheep for wood is going to work, but hey, if tabletop games are getting the attention of Sony Pictures, that must mean board games are no longer the niche hobby they once were.