It’s the board game capable of turning family members against each other, with the mere sight of that little silver top hat capable of stirring up buried Boxing Day feuds.
Now, the iconic board game Monopoly is hitting the silver screen, inspiring a full-blown movie directed by Tim Story (Ride Along).
Deadline have now confirmed Kevin Hart will star in the live-action feature.
Details regarding the narrative have not yet been given, however, an early plot described on IMDb reads:
The movie centers on a boy, from the game’s modest Baltic Avenue, on a quest to make a fortune.
The as-of-yet untitled film is reported to be in final negotiations.
Wow, a #Monopoly movie. You know, if this becomes a trend I'll definitely be on the lookout for Connect Four and Guess Who.
— The Running Fox (@RunFoxDrawFox) January 17, 2019
— Geek Vibes News 📰 (@GeekVibesNews) January 17, 2019
Hart has recently stepped down from hosting the 91st Academy Awards ceremony after homophobic tweets he’d made in the past came to light.
Speaking on The Ellen Show, Hart discussed how this controversy had affected him:
This was to destroy me. This was to end all partnerships, all brand relationships, all investment opportunities, studio relationships, my production company and the people that work underneath me.
This was to damage the lives that have been invested in me.
Ellen DeGeneres, who’s called for Hart to be reinstated as host, replied:
What we’re going to get to see on stage with you hosting the Oscars is sophistication, class, hilarity and you growing as a person,
Because most people would say, ‘I’m walking away … ’ For you to be the bigger man, for you to say I understand …and to not pay attention. There are so many haters out there.
DeGeneres revealed she’d gone as far as to contact the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in a bid to reinstate Hart as the Oscars host.
Hart has claims he’s previously apologised multiple times for making homophobic jokes, and has refused to apologise again.
Speaking to UNILAD about his new film The Upside, Hart remarked upon his interest in committing to more serious roles in the future:
This is the first time I’ve done something in this space so I didn’t want to take the opportunity for granted. I wanted to make sure I was prepared and I understood this had to be very far from what you have seen me do in the past.
For me it was also about making sure my portrayal was right of a man that was incarcerated who, when out of jail, was trying to get his life right but was always slapped in the face with reasons to take the wrong direction.
But given the opportunity really took advantage of it but more importantly, took advantage of the free education it gave him.
You always want to challenge yourself in the career you chose but you want to be smart and patient about how to do it.
Will the Monopoly movie prove as iconic as fellow board game film Jumanji?
The Upside is in US and UK cinemas January 11, 2019. There’ve not yet been any details about the Monopoly movie release date.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.