Hasbro to make Hungry Hippos, Monopoly and Action Man films

Toymaker has signed a new deal to bring more games to the screen

Toymaker Hasbro is developing films of 'Hungry Hippos' and 'Action Man'.

The company behind the 'Transformers' films has signed a deal with production company Emmett/Furla to bring the properties to the screen.

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Hippos... set for the screen (Copyright: Rex)

Also now set to make further progress will be the previously mooted film of 'Monopoly'. Ridley Scott was connected to the project originally, and it's thought he will remain a producer.

“Everything is about how you approach it in price," said Emmett/Furla's boss Randall Emmett. “We're excited to make these movies in budget ranges where we are comfortable.”

It's hoped each film will cost less than $100 million (£61 million), perhaps in light of the ballooning budget of 'Battleship', which ended up at $209 million (£129 million).

There are few details on how the productions will develop, but 'Hungry Hippos' will be an animated.

'Action Man' may come up against some opposition, however, as the US version of the action figure 'G.I. Joe' already exists on the big screen, with a second film 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' set for release in 2013 starring Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum and Bruce Willis.

The news comes after Hasbro revealed that the next 'Transformers' film will feature a whole new cast of robots in order to sell more toys.