Klaus Teuber's wildly popular board game The Settlers of Catan is now being looked at as a possible movie franchise. The German game became so popular it sold more than 25 million copies worldwide and was translated into 38 languages. Blaise Hemingway will pen the screenplay. Gail Katz, who acquired the rights to Catan in 2015, is on board to produce. Dan Lin (It, The Lego Movie) and Jonathan Eirich will also come on board as producers. "As huge fans of the game, we're struck by the endless possibilities of stories that it could inspire". Katz acquired the rights to the board game in 2015, and Sony Pictures is now negotiating to acquire those rights. "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".
Per the outlet, Sony is fast-tracking the project with eyes on launching a new franchise.
Through its original release in 1995, "Settlers of Catan" gained honors from the Germany critics and was named as the "Most Prestigious Game of the Year" award victor. Over the years, several expansions and spinoffs (including the card game The Rivals for Catan) were created, including Star Trek Catan, which was released by Mayfair Games in in 2012, and the upcoming A Game of Thrones Catan.
"Settlers of Catan" is a tabletop strategy game in which players build roads, settlements, and cities on the fiction island of Catan, using various resources like brick and lumber. It is also available to play on gaming and mobile platforms. The game revolves around a group of settlers who are attempting to establish colonies on the island of Catan.
It's unclear what the plans are to convert The Settlers of Catan into a film script.
Not known for a compelling storyline or interesting characters, the Catan adaptation will be joining the ranks of other movies based on board games that have necessarily had to invent a storyline from whole cloth for the film version.