Dungeons and Dragons film starts casting- What other board games should be made into movies?

A new Dungeons and Dragons movie is slated to release in 2022, but which other tabletop games deserve their moment in the movie limelight? Elizabeth Meade examines a few options...

Elizabeth Meade
17th March 2021
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Over 20 years after the original 2000 film, a Dungeons & Dragons film is in the works and set to release in 2022. While we know little about the story, IMDb already has a prospective cast list, featuring celebrities like Regé-Jean Page, Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez. The film's existence raises the question: what other board games should become films?
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An anonymous correspondant has suggested 'Twilight Imperium', a space-opera/Game of Thrones adventure with a 44-page rulebook and a huge box. Billed as 'an epic board game of galactic conquest, politics and trade', 10 different civilizations compete for the Imperial Throne on Mecatol Rex. Featuring many planets, technology, political imperatives and trade, the concept lends itself to one or more exciting, big-budget films.

The same person suggested 'Scythe', a 1920's steampunk-inspired game set in Eastern Europe. The game's characters engage in combat, engine-building and earning money off of a factory. This concept of capitalistic competition is relatively basic in a game. However, a film incorporating real-world history and politics alongside this theme might be intriguing.

Personally, I think that 'Forbidden Desert', a less-technical, more cooperative game might make a good family film. Built around a group of people attempting to piece together a flying machine in the desert, there's a clear story about teamwork and adventure. I think it could fit in the canon of family films like Raiders of the Lost Ark and ET. These films, like the game, follow characters searching for artifacts and attempting to return home in high-stakes situations.

Boardgame-to-film adaptations (Clue, Battleship) are rare and film-to-boardgame adaptations (Die Hard and the many Harry Potter games) are more common. That said, given the appeal of storytelling in the most beloved board games, I think that they definitely have an audience.

Clue (1985)
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AUTHOR: Elizabeth Meade
Science sub-ed and Chemistry major. Avid reader. Chaos theorist. Amateur batrachologist and historian. Rock fan. Likes cybersecurity and cooking.

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