Kevin Hart gearing up for 'Monopoly' movie

Ben Arnold
Contributor
Kevin Hart (Credit: EFE)

The planned Monopoly is a Go, with Kevin Hart said to be in talks to star, and also produce the film via his company, HartBeat Productions.

Quite how a board game will develop into a movie is currently unclear, but Tim Story is in line to direct the film.

Story has helmed movies like 2005’s Fantastic Four, and its sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and all three Ride Along movies, starring Hart and Ice Cube.

A movie based on the classic property-buying board game has been on the table since 2015.

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At one point, Truman Show writer Andrew Niccol penned the screenplay for it, about a boy from Baltic Avenue – the equivalent of Whitechapel Road in the British version – who makes it big in the world of property.

Hasbro, which owns Monopoly, has been behind toy-based movies like the Transformers series, Battleship, Ouija, and Bumblebee, with a Dungeons and Dragons movie planned for 2021.

Meanwhile, Hart hit headlines earlier this month, after he was announced as the host of the 2019 Oscars.

But less than 48 hours after the announcement, he pulled out, after clips of homophobic jokes from a 2010 stand-up show began circulating online.

Despite an appeal by Ellen DeGeneres, who hosted an interview with Hart, in which she called for the Academy to re-hire him, he later said that he was ‘done’ with the role.

It’s been reported that the show will go on without a main presenter for only the second time in its history, with a host of ‘A-list’ stars pitching in instead.

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