Long before Harry Potter and the magical school Hogwarts, there was "The Neverending Story's" Bastian Balthazar Bux, who escaped the bullies of his school, and discovered a land called Fantasia -- where heroes are young boy warriors named Atreyu, and riding luckdragons named Falcor can fly. Bastian finds comfort in his school's attic one rainy day, and stumbles upon a leather-bound book that will change his life forever.
The movie, based on the German novel by Michael Ende, instantly became a childhood classic when it hit the big screen. Bastian's lessons in courage and Atreyu's battles against the "Nothing," which is set on destroying the world, provided the perfect backdrop for the power of imagination and the ability to change your surroundings.
Earlier this year, the Hollywood Reporter announced a remake of the fantasy film, currently in its very early stages. Warner Bros. and a few other production companies, including the minds behind "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Kennedy/Marshall Co. and Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way.
The new movie will "put a modern spin on the material by examining the more nuanced details of the book that were glossed over in the first feature," according to the Reporter.
Board games to the big screen? The folks at Hasbro, who have teamed up with Universal Pictures and reaped success from the "GI Joe" and "Transformers" films say why not?
Ridley Scott, the mastermind behind "Alien" and "Blade Runner," is set to direct a film version of the popular game Monopoly. Beyond the "pass go" and plastic homes the game is known for, producer Brian Goldner believes that the movie will be even more relevant in today's economic climate.
"The whole world is about the financial markets," Goldner told MTV News. "You can't turn on the news today without understanding the financial markets and what's going on out there," he said. The film is currently being written by Pamela Pettler, and will center on "the passion of the game, and how the game came about."
Monopoly is not the only board game Hasbro hopes to capitalize on with a theatrical release. The popular children's game Candy Land will be adapted into a film, with Etan Coen set to write, and Kevin Lima to direct.
The simple board game, which was first published in 1949, challenges players to move through sugary places like Candy Cane Forest, Gum Drop Mountain and Molasses Swamp in a race to reach the end. Beloved characters, like Lord Licorice, Gramma Nutt and Princess Frostine emerged as the brightly colored, candy-themed game evolved through the years.
How they all will be depicted on the big screen promises to be interesting.
Murder and mystery will combine to create another film version of the board game favorite Clue, which first became a comedic movie in 1985. "Pirates of the Caribbean" director Gore Verbinski and Universal Pictures will bring Clue to life sometime in the near future, according to Entertainment Weekly.com.
The popular board game has made over $1 billion in sales since its debut in 1949 and challenges players to figure out who commited a murder in a mansion – Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Col. Mustard, Miss Peacock, Mr. Green or Ms. Scarlet. The players must also figure which of the nine rooms the murder occurred in, and what weapon was used -- a knife, rope, candlestick, wrench, pistol or lead pipe.