Gail Katz, whose producing credits include “Pawn Sacrifice,” “Air Force One” and “The Perfect Storm,” has acquired feature film and TV rights to the boardgame “The Settlers of Catan.”
Created by Klaus Teuber, the multiplayer game, first published in Germany in 1995, has sold more than 22 million copies in 30 languages.
“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,” said Katz. “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.”
The goal of the game is to create the dominant community on the ever-changing fictional island of Catan amid scarce resources.
Katz’s films include “Outbreak,” “In the Line of Fire,” “Bicentennial Man” and “Shattered.” She also produced “The Agency” for CBS and “Cashmere Mafia” for ABC.
Her film “Pawn Sacrifice” premiered last year at the Toronto Film Festival and will be released domestically by Bleecker Street this year.