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ADAPTATION OF BESTSELLING BOARD GAME THE SETTLERS OF CATAN TO BE PRODUCED BY GAIL KATZ


 

The Catan Games franchise has sold over 22 million copies worldwide

 

Los Angeles, CA – February 19, 2015 – Producer Gail Katz (PAWN SACRIFICE, AIR FORCE ONE, THE PERFECT STORM) has obtained film and television rights to the international board game sensation THE SETTLERS OF CATAN through her Gail Katz Productions banner.  Called “the board game of our time” by The Washington Post, THE SETTLERS OF CATAN is available in over 30 languages and 50 countries around the world and has sold over 22 million board games.  Additionally, downloads of CATAN apps exceed 1.6 million.

 

“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.”

 

“We are thrilled to be working with Gail on THE SETTLERS OF CATAN,” said Guido Teuber, Managing Director of Catan, Inc.  “Catan players are a diverse and dedicated group who are drawn in by the game’s social interaction and strategy.  We owe it to the fans all over the world to make sure any CATAN content created lives up to what they have come to expect of the CATAN brand.  We are confident that our partnership with Gail will take us there.”

 

About The Settlers of Catan

Created by Klaus Teuber, the multiplayer strategy game sees players attempt to create the dominant community on the ever-changing fictional island of Catan.  Settlers must outwit one another amidst fierce competition for the island’s scarce resources.  A hot item in Silicon Valley, college campuses, and film and TV circles, the game’s supporters are plentiful and growing.  Featured in Wired, The New Yorker and a host of other prominent global publications, CATAN was most recently the subject of a Wall Street Journal article highlighting the Green Bay Packers’ infatuation with the game.

 

About Gail Katz

Gail Katz’ films have grossed nearly $1.3 billion in box office receipts.  Her producing credits include THE PERFECT STORMstarring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane and John C. Reilly; AIR FORCE ONEstarring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and Glenn Close; OUTBREAKstarring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey and Cuba Gooding, Jr.; IN THE LINE OF FIREstarring Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich and Rene Russo; BICENTENNIAL MANstarring Robin Williams; INSTINCTstarring Anthony Hopkins and Cuba Gooding, Jr.; MIGHTY JOE YOUNG starring Bill Paxton and Charlize Theron; RED CORNERstarring Richard Gere and Bai Ling; and SHATTEREDstarring Tom Berenger, Bob Hoskins and Greta Scacchi.  Her films have received 9 Academy Award® nominations. Katz has also produced two network series: THE AGENCY for CBS and CASHMERE MAFIA for ABC.

 

Up next for Katz is PAWN SACRIFICE, a Cold War drama based on the life of enigmatic chess legend Bobby Fischer that premiered to critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014. Starring Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg and directed by Edward Zwick, the film will be released domestically by Bleecker Street in 2015.  Lionsgate handled international sales.