Movies of video games. Yes, we know about those. Movies about board games though? I’m sure this particular feat has been achieved before, but the only thing that comes to mind that’s remotely related are the D&D films, and that’s technically a pen-and-paper RPG. Settlers of Catan on the other hand… where does one even begin?
Fortunately, that’s not a question we have to answer. Nope, that one will be fielded by Air Force One producer Gail Katz, who just picked up the rights to make a film and/or TV show based on the popular game by designer Klaus Teuber.
According to Deadline, Katz has been keen on a translation of Catan to moving picture form for a while now:
“I’ve been wanting to see an adaptation of the game for years, ever since my Catan-obsessed college-aged kids introduced me to it,” said Katz in a statement. “The island of Catan is a vivid, visual, exciting and timeless world with classic themes and moral challenges that resonate today. There is a tremendous opportunity to take what people love about the game and its mythology as a starting point for the narrative.”
I didn’t realise the game had much of a mythology and I’ve been playing it for on-and-off for almost a decade. Often I’m just desperate to secure all the grain and ore, along with the odd bit of wool and brick so I can spam cities and development cards until my opponents collapse in defeat.
I don’t think that strategy would make for much of a movie.