Settlers of Catan Getting Film, TV Adaptation

Klaus Teuber’s prolific board game Settlers of Catan is getting both film and television adaptations, Variety reports. This is a great idea, considering the sterling record of video game / board game movie adaptations.

Gail Katz will be the person to thank when the film and television series gets all of the lore completely right and charms both hardcore fans and newcomers alike. Katz is a producer whose best known projects include Air Force One and The Perfect Storm. She has acquired the rights, and is ready to become the Peter Jackson of game-to-film adaptations.

Katz explains the motive behind her move:

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.

Settlers of Catan is a german-style board game which focuses on strategy, indirect conflict, and economic themes. Published in 1995 by German company Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, the game lets players settle an island through diplomacy, resource-gathering, and a little bit of luck.

There have been many spin-offs, expansions, and even a novel set on the island of Catan. The most recent expansion was released in 2013, while the fourth edition of vanilla was launched in 2007.

A video game version of Settlers of Catan was released on Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network in 2007, but was pulled from both services last year.