Margot Robbie to produce film based on Monopoly

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Source: AP Entertainment

Margot Robbie’s production company LuckyChap will produce a film based on the classic board game Monopoly.

Hasbro Entertainment, a division of the American toy and multimedia company, will also produce it.

LuckyChap, which Robbie co-founded with husband Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara, most recently helped to produce Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn. It was also behind the Greta Gerwig-directed film Barbie, in which Robbie, 33, starred as the Mattel doll.

“I could not imagine a better production team for this beloved and iconic brand than LuckyChap,” Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Adam Fogelson said.

“They are exceptional producers who choose their projects with great thought and care, and join Monopoly with a clear point of view. We are tremendously excited to be working with the entire LuckyChap team on what we all believe can be their next blockbuster.”

Hasbro Entertainment head Zev Foreman said: “As one of the most iconic games in the world, Monopoly provides an incredible platform for storytelling opportunities.

“We are thrilled to have the unique vision of LuckyChap and Lionsgate alongside us to bring this historic piece of popular culture to the big screen.”

LuckyChap also hailed the deal in a statement.

“Monopoly is a top property – pun fully intended,” it said.

“Like all of the best IP, this game has resonated worldwide for generations, and we are so excited to bring this game to life alongside the wonderful teams involved at Lionsgate and Hasbro.”

Lionsgate extended its development rights to the board game in December 2023 when it bought Hasbro’s Entertainment One (eOne).

In a recent cover story for US publication Variety, Robbie spoke about the future of LuckyChap.

“We want to make more films that have the effect that Barbie has,” she said.

“I don’t know if it has to be Barbie 2. Why can’t it be another big, original, bold idea where we get an amazing filmmaker, a big budget to play with, and the trust of a huge conglomerate behind them to go and really play? I want to do that.”

The Monopoly deal follows confirmation in February that LuckyChap had signed a “multiyear, first-look feature film deal” with Warner Bros. The exact details are still to be revealed.

LuckyChap’s first project to hit the big screen was 2017’s I, Tonya, an Oscar-winning film starring Robbie as Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding.

TV series Dollface (2019) followed, then Birds of Prey and Promising Young Woman in 2020.

-with AAP

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