In 1995 history was made for people passionate about board games. A gentleman by the name of Klaus Teuber designed a game called Die Siedler von Catan aka Catan aka Settlers of Catan. The game has won numerous awards and was extremely well received by the community. 22 years later, Settlers of Catan is still going strong with players doing their best on a yearly basis to qualify for the World Championship or the European Championship.
Known as a “destroyer of friendships” I have a strong feeling that Settlers of Catan has already been the cause for a few divorces worldwide, hell, maybe even some attempted murders. The game falls into the “light” or “beginner” category as it is possible to learn how to play it in about 15 minutes but like all good things it takes time to master.
On the island of Catan four settlers do their best to gather resources, build settlement and cities while blocking opponents’ roads, robbing them and boxing them into territories with few resources. Fun, challenging, addictive, one of the great board games out there.
And now…Sony Pictures decided to turn it into A F@CKING MOVIE!!!!! Yes, Settlers of Catan will be adapted into a film under the name Catan. A f@cking movie!
We’re excited to be working with Sony to bring the iconic world of Catan to life,” Katz said. “As huge fans of the game, we’re struck by the endless possibilities of stories that it could inspire. 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. – Gail Katz
Well, Gail, to be honest I think you’re not considering the fact that you will be dragging a world beloved by millions of people into the dirt just so that your studio can make some money which is the cheapest trick in the book when you work with incompetents that cannot come up with an original project.
Off the top of my head, thinking back, another classic game that was remade was Battleship. Remember that piece of shit? Remember when someone thought Rihanna can actually act? I was actually expecting the aliens to be Chris Brown clones. What a shit show that was!
This seems to be the way things always go with big studios: take a classic, in this case a board game that has sold over 25 million copies and has been translated in 38 languages, make a shitty movie, cash out, repeat.