Sony is fast-tracking a movie adaptation of the popular multiplayer strategy board game, The Settlers of Catan.
Variety reports Sony is in negotiations to acquire the film rights and will be working with producer Gail Katz (Air Force One, The Perfect Storm) on the project. It was reported back in 2015 that Katz secured the film and TV rights to the strategy game.
Blaise Hemingway (Ugly Dolls) will write the screenplay for the film, titled Catan, with Dan Lin (It, The Lego Movie) and Jonathan Eirich producing alongside Katz. Sony is reportedly said to be interested in launching a possible franchise.
Created by Klaus Teuber, the Setters of Catan was first released in 1996. The game revolves around players racing to settle the fictional, uncharted island of Catan, where they must barter and compete with one another for the island’s various resources. Each settlement and city on the island moves the player one step closer to winning the game.
Settlers of Catan has sold over 22 million board versions worldwide in 50 different countries.
Check out our Settlers of Catan purchasing guide for tips on where to start with the popular board game franchise.