Hollywood eyes world domination with 'RISK'

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Sony Pictures Entertainment is eyeing global domination after acquiring rights to make a movie version of the classic boardgame "RISK", a statement said Wednesday.

Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad said the popular game -- which sees players attempting to conquer the world by eliminating rivals -- would be developed by toymakers Hasbro and Overbrook Entertainment.

"Hasbro has already seen tremendous success with 'Transformers' and 'G.I. Joe' and audiences have shown a great desire for films that bring to life everything that has made these franchise properties stand the test of time," Belgrad said in a statement.

"The strategic thinking and the tactical gambles that players must take in the game are what make RISK a classic, thoroughly engaging game.

"Those elements translated into an action-packed, thrilling story are what will make this a uniquely exciting movie."

Columbia Pictures is a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

RISK was invented in 1957 by French film-maker Albert Lamorisse under the title "La Conquete du Monde (The Conquest of the World.)" The game was published by Parker brothers in the United States in 1959 as "RISK."

In the game players compete on a map of the world building armies in an attempt to occupy ever territory on the board.

The game has sold millions of copies and general several themed variations, with settings ranging from famous movie properties to different periods of world history.