‘Real Steel’ heads Hollywood gamble on board game movies

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Books have been made into movies. Video games have been made into movies. Even theme park rides have been made into movies -- with remarkable results.
So why not board games?
Why not, indeed. After all, pioneering 1985 adaptation Clue is firmly established as a cult classic -- and while this week's new robot-boxing release 'Real Steel' doesn't carry an official Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em Robots license, it's widely held to be nigh-indistinguishable from the legendary board game/toy.
Bizarre though it might be, 'Real Steel' is proving to be a hit with critics , but this is just the start. Led by a high-stakes deal between board game maker Hasbro and Universal Pictures and boasting the involvement of big names like Ridley Scott, Tim Burton, and Liam Neeson, a slew of family classics are set to head from cardboard to celluloid over the next few years.
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You know... until you just posted that... I never put two-and-two together that Reel Steel is "based" off of the Rock em' Sock em' robots. Wow - that goes to show how much I pay attention these days.

This all kind of reminds me of this spoof trailer for "Don't Wake Daddy" I saw on YouTube:


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