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In an ironic way, toymaker Hasbro is helping Randall Emmett and George Furla grow up.

As film financiers, the producers have built a reputation for making mid-range-budgeted action films such as “2 Guns,” “Righteous Kill” and the reboots of “Conan the Barbarian” and “Rambo,” aimed at males that frequent the megaplex.

But when they landed a three-picture deal with Hasbro last year, Randall Emmett and George Furla turned heads. With adaptations of games Monopoly and Hungry Hungry Hippos and the Action Man toy, the producers now find themselves in the tentpole biz, a four-quadrant arena where they haven’t played before.

Monopoly” will be the first project to go into production, in 2014, followed by “Hungry Hungry Hippos,” Emmett/Furla’s first foray into animation.

Hasbro has been looking to get a “Monopoly” movie on the bigscreen since 2009, and the project, which has Ridley Scott attached as a producer, will likely begin production next summer. »

- Marc Graser

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