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Settlers of Catan is being adapted for TV and movie projects

Andrea on February 24, 2015 - 12:57 am in Games
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Board game designer Klaus Teuber had a hit on his hands when he released the first edition of Settlers of Catan in 1995. Since then it’s become quite a phenomenon as far as board games go with 22 million copies sold, and now it could be headed to TV screens and movie theaters. Producer Gail Katz just announced that her production company has acquired the rights to bring Catan to life.Settlers of Catan is a strategy game based on building out a civilization to earn points. The game is driven by dice rolls that determine which resources are distributed each turn. To build new roads and towns, you need those resources. The game is over when one player hits a certain number of points, which are awarded based on the number of settlements and a few other metrics like longest road and army size. You may notice there’s not much in the way of a story there.

Catan artThe focus of Catan is the gameplay, not storytelling. From what Katz has said about the project (which is not much), it sounds like the development of Catan TV or films will rely on the game as a starting point. A story will be built on top of the basic rules and setting of the game. Katz has been involved in the past with projects like Air Force One and The Perfect Storm.

This wouldn’t be the first time a board game lacking in story was adapted by Hollywood. The results so far have not been particularly impressive. There was, of course, the rather terrible 2012 Battleship film and the utterly forgettable Ouija from late last year. Hey, there’s always a possibility that Settlers of Catan will be made into something delightfully quirky like Clue (1985). There’s no timeline for development of any content based on Catan, but in the meantime, anyone want to trade some ore? What about sheep?

Source: Games – Geek.com

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