'Settlers of Catan' is Being Adapted Into a Movie
The longest road will make it to the big screen.
Is your family a Settlers of Catan family? Then be sure to play a round tonight in celebration of the news that Sony Pictures is adapting the beloved German board game into a feature film. Gail Katz, Jonathan Eirich, and Dan Lin, whose work includes It and The Lego Movie, will produce the movie, while Blaise Hemingway will pen the screenplay.
Settlers of Catan was originally released in Germany in 1995 and has since sold more than 25 million copies in 38 languages. Designed by Klaus Teuber, the game has inspired expansion packs, video games and picked up multiple awards.
“We’re excited to be working with Sony to bring the iconic world of Catan to life,” Katz told Variety. “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.”
The announcement begs the question of whether board games can make great feature films – let’s not forget Battleship. Or actually, maybe it is better to forget that one. But if an amusement park ride can be turned into one of the most succesful franchise of all time, then why not Settlers of Catan? While you wait for the film, be sure to watch the new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.