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'Risk' Feature Film Adaptation Lands Writer

Screenwriter John Hlavin is set to turn the 1950's Parker Bros. game into a modern-day action thriller.

Screenwriter John Hlavin is angling for world domination -- in the form of the classic Parker Brothers board game Risk.

Columbia Pictures is developing an action thriller based on the Cold War-era strategy game, in which players form armies and use them to attack the territories belonging to other players, and the studio is hiring Hlavin to pen the adaptation. The game, now owned by Hasbro (also home of Transformers and G.I. Joe--both at Paramount), was launched in the 1950s by French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse (The Red Balloon). The typically hours-long game often becomes intense enough to spark conflict among the players.

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