Klaus Teuber's hit board game The Settlers of Catan is being adapted for film and television, according to an announcement from producer Gail Katz, who has locked down international rights to the property.
Katz has served as producer or executive producer on a number of films and television series, including Air Force One, The Perfect Storm, The Agency and Cashmere Mafia. Her latest project is Pawn Sacrifice, a Cold War-era biographical film about chess players Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky — arguably a board game-based film as well.
Based on comments from Katz, it sounds like The Settlers of Catan — which is pretty light on story and focuses on strategically building out settlements — will be used as a "starting point" for a more robust story.
"I've been wanting to see an adaptation of the game for years, ever since my Catan-obsessed college-aged kids introduced me to it," said Katz in a release. "The island of Catan is a vivid, visual, exciting and timeless world with classic themes and moral challenges that resonate today. There is a tremendous opportunity to take what people love about the game and its mythology as a starting point for the narrative."
"We are thrilled to be working with Gail on The Settlers of Catan," added Guido Teuber, managing director of Catan, Inc. "Catan players are a diverse and dedicated group who are drawn in by the game's social interaction and strategy. We owe it to the fans all over the world to make sure any Catan content created lives up to what they have come to expect of the Catan brand. We are confident that our partnership with Gail will take us there."
Hollywood has had varying degrees of success making movies based on popular board games, from the enjoyable comedy Clue to more recent, but failed attempts Battleship and Ouija.
The Settlers of Catan, which has multiple expansions and video game adaptations, has sold more than 22 million copies worldwide.