Board games coming to the big screen

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Imagine if you will a movie based on the board game Candyland. Colorful characters skipping around doing good deeds, others doing bad deeds, everyone trying desperately to avoid the Gooey Gumdrops in the race to Candy Castle. The movie ends with a little kid crying and dropping Queen Frostine in the toilet, never to be seen again. But maybe that's just how Candyland works in my house.

Anyway, if a movie based on a child's board game captures your interest, you are in luck. Hasbro has just signed a deal with Universal Pictures to develop some of their most popular games into feature films. These include Monopoly, Candy Land, Ouija, Battleship, Magic: The Gathering, Stretch Armstrong and possibly Clue.

"This deal gives Universal access to some of the greatest brands in the world," Universal Pictures co-chiefs Marc Shmuger and David Linde said in a statement. "They offer an exciting opportunity for us to develop tentpole movies with built-in global brand awareness."

I don't know what a tentpole movie is, but this announcement makes me wonder what took them so long to come up with this idea. Even if the movie is bad, you know your kid is going to want to see it.

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