Sources from USAopoly and Hasbro confirm that Netflix and Hasbro have reached an agreement last week about the licensing of Netflix’s properties. You know what that means: Monopoly board games for House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Daredevil, and 2015’s breakout comedy show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
The Netflix-Hasbro deal is reported to have cost Hasbro a whopping six-figure amount, and covers not just Netflix’s current TV programming but their future TV projects as well, including the eagerly-anticipated Wachowskis’ foray into television programming Sense8, and the newly announced Netflix series Runaways based on Marvel’s beloved comic book series.
One can only speculate as to how it will affect the decisions of TV producers seeking to create shows for the streaming media provider. Another potential problem is that the rights to Orange is the New Black ultimately come from Piper Kerman, the author of the memoir on which the show was loosely based.
A source who wishes to hide behind the name Ms. Barnes says that for the House of Cards boardgame, two of the tokens or playing pieces are cuff-links with F and U on them, a shout-out to the cuff-links featured in the first episode of season two, a gift to Frank Underwood from his bodyguard Edward Meechum. Meanwhile, some of the tokens for Orange is the New Black are the elusive legendary chicken from season 1 and corrections officer John Bennett’s prosthetic left leg.
This comes hot in the heels of reports that the collector’s edition of the One Direction-themed Monopoly game was scrapped after fan backlash due to the complete absence of Zayn Malik in the boardgame.
WhatsAGeek reached Hasbro, Netflix, and USAopoly for comment to no avail. For now, we can only speculate. What do you think jail will be for Orange is the New Black? Solitary confinement?