settlers_of_catanThe what?

According to a report from Variety, producer Gail Katz now owns the film and television rights to Klaus Teuber’s Catan (formerly Settlers of Catan).

“I’ve been wanting to see an adaptation of the game for years, ever since my Catan-obsessed college-aged kids introduced me to it,” Katz told Variety.  “The island of Catan is a vivid, visual, exciting and timeless world with classic themes and moral challenges that resonate today.  There is a tremendous opportunity to take what people love about the game and its mythology as a starting point for the narrative.”

My first thought is, “No way, this would be lame.”

However, it could be a pretty exciting movie if you imagine early settlers, trying to eek out a meager existence. Then, one particularly forward-thinking person decides to expand. Others follow his lead. Suddenly, war is breaking out over who is going to build the longest road.

I don’t know. It still sounds kind of lame. But, I’m not in the movie industry, so what do I know.

Katz’ producer credits include “Air Force One,” “Bicentennial Man,” “Outbreak,” and a few other big ticket movies. Plus, she took the executive producer role in a few episodes of “The Agency” and “Cashmere Mafia.”