January 11, 2021 – Entertainment One is a large media conglomerate owned by Hasbro and they announced today that there is a Risk TV Show In Development With House Of Cards creator Beau Willimon (and production partner Jordan Tappis). Risk was originally released in 1959 and still holds up today. It is one of the best selling board games of all time. The base game has no characters but as the definitive game of “world domination” there is certainly plenty to work with. There have been other Risk games including a very successful Legacy game (more of a campaign that takes place over several games) which does bring in more story.
There is no distributor for the project yet, but it is early stages and in a world where content is king, a world class IP should certainly find a home.
“As we continue to build out eOne’s world-class content slate, we couldn’t think of more perfect partners than Beau and Jordan — whose award-winning storytelling and imagination are among the best in the business,” said Michael Lombardo, president global television at eOne. “In Beau, we’ve found an amazing combination of brilliant producer, singular creator, and avid fan of Risk. We can’t wait to work with him and the rest of the Westward team to reimagine that brand and so much more.”
Said Willimon and Tappis, “All of us at Westward are thrilled to join forces with eOne to bring to life some of the most successful IP in the marketplace as well as partner on our extensive slate of scripted television shows. We’re excited to develop Risk as our first project together.”
Willimon, president of the Writers Guild of America East, created Netflix’s House of Cards and served as showrunner for its first four seasons. He also created Hulu’s space drama The First and is an executive producer of Netflix’s Grand Army. Willimon and Westward are repped by Schreck Rose.
You are looking at a map of the world split up into many countries and continents. You start with many of these and get to split up your army of soldiers across them. During the game, you start by getting new reinforcements, then you place them and then you attack other territories with dice rolling to take them over. The key is to take every territory over while managing your troops and making sure your opponent doesn’t do the same first. For 2 – 8, games last 2 – 4 hours.