Producer Gail Katz has gained control of Catan.
Katz, producer of Pawn Sacrifice, Air Force One, and The Perfect Storm, has acquired the feature film and TV rights to The Settlers of Catan board game. According to The Hollywood Reporter , she has wanted to see an adaptation of the game ever since her college-aged, Catan-crazed children introduced her to the game.
“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,” Katz told the Reporter.
The Settlers of Catan was created in Germany in 1995 by Klaus Teuber and has since sold over 22 million board games in 30 languages. The goal of the game is to create the dominant community on Catan, the fictional island with limited resources.
Katz’s latest film, Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and will be released domestically this year.