Settlers of Catan Lands TV, Movie Deals

Feb 20, 2015 at 5:28 pm |

Save up your brick and take a chance on a dev card: Settlers of Catan may be coming to the big screen.

The former Best Game of the Year winner has been snatched up by Hollywood producer Gail Katz (Air Force One, Mighty Joe Young, and The Perfect Storm are among her credits).

At the moment, most of us are scratching our heads at how the multiplayer strategy board game and its various expansions and spin-offs could possibly be turned into a TV show or feature film (actually, it’s not too hard to imagine, just scary). From your playroom table to the silver screen, seeing Settlers as an animated or live action production would finally let the world know the agony of hours you’ve spent trying to reach 10 victory points without having a settlement near a damn wool tile!

For those of you who haven’t spent hours of your life toiling over the game, its concept is fairly simple: each player (typically 3-4) tries to settle an ‘island’ consisting of 19 hexagonal tiles that represent various resources you must collect and monopolize in order to build up roads and cities. Various accomplishments give you varying victory points; you must be the first to 10 in order to win.

Originally released in Germany in 1995, Catan has since sold tens of millions of games and has been translated into over 30 languages, garnering numerous awards along the way.

So could a board game be turned into a successful TV show or film? Both Battleship and Ouija had their fair share of financial gain (but were critical failures). Who knows, perhaps Gail Katz is like the robber, swooping in to harvest the game’s untapped creative potential.

Then again, what’s next? Live action Chutes and Ladders? Monopoly the Musical? Only time will tell how Catan settles Hollywood.

It’s one of the most successful games of all time, but could it be adapted to film? Learn the details here!