Sony Is ‘Fast-Tracking’ Settlers Of Catan Movie

Sony Is ‘Fast-Tracking’ Settlers Of Catan Movie
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A few years ago, it looked like a movie based on the board game Settlers on Catan was on the cards. It’s the sort of thing you hear about and think “Huh… that’ll never go anywhere”. Well it has gone somewhere — it appears Sony is in the process of “fast-tracking” production of the flick.

Variety’s Dave McNary reports that Air Force One producer Gail Katz is still in the driver’s seat, however a couple of new names are now attached, including Dan Lin, producer behind It: Chapter Two and writer Blaise Hemingway.

McNary’s article goes on to mention the possibility of a franchise (Star Trek Catan, anyone?) and adds the following comment from Katz:

“We’re excited to be working with Sony to bring the iconic world of Catan to life,” Katz said. “As huge fans of the game, we’re struck by the endless possibilities of stories that it could inspire. It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to work in a world beloved by millions of people, and expand its story for the screen.”

I’m still not sure how a film would play out. If the quality is up there with the Clue film, count me in. Battleship… not so much.

‘Settlers of Catan’ Movie Adaptation in the Works at Sony [Variety]


  • I guess there’s no reason why a movie about people settling a new country couldn’t be good, but tying it to a board game franchise, just seems like an unnecessary hurdle. Maybe this is just how you get your project greenlit these days – tag it with an arbitrary existing property that’s so broad in theme that it’ll barely affect the outcome of your movie.

    • It’s basically utilising the marketability of a name. If you made a movie about settling a new country called “Our new home” (as an arbitrary name) no one would really pay that much attention. Call it “Settlers of Catan” though and you instantly hook into people’s familiarity with the game and the feeling of fun they have playing it.

      It’s the same reason why you see movies with “By the Producer of”, or “From the writers of”.

  • If they do a No Country for Old Men / Hell on Wheels type thing with only passing references to Catan, it could actually be very good. But something Assassins Creed style (where they constantly cut back to people playing the game) would be awful. Suppose we’ll find out soon.

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