The second big screen adaptation of classic board-game ‘Clue’ finds a new home with 20th Century Fox. But is this just the start? Read more after the jump.
Remember Battleship? That nautical alien invasion epic with Liam Neeson? No? Based on the Hasbro board game? It was set in Hawaii? Had John Carter in it? Never mind. All you need to know is it was a strong argument against making films out of board games. Despite Hasbro making a decent amount of cash, the film was clinically panned. This wasn’t the first attempt at a board game adaptation though. Back in 1985 the classic whodunnit game Clue (or Cluedo if you’re nasty) was adapted, starring Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn and Christopher Lloyd. Despite not getting any Oscars it was a pretty funny offering, especially when you consider the source material is chiefly made of cardboard. So it makes sense that Hasbro planned to cash in on Clue again with a reboot after Battleship. But then Battleship tanked (pun!) and those plans were put on hold. However it looks like Clue is back on course for a reboot this side of 2020.
The Clue reboot now has a new home at 20th Century Fox, according to Screenrant.com.
Along with a new studio Clue has new producers: Hasbro’s head of development Josh Feldman, Hasbro Studios’ Development and Production VP Ryan Jones, and Fox Production SVP Daria Cercek. But that’s not all. There are also big plans to move away from the single location setup of the board-game and the 1985 movie. How? According to Tracking Board, by turning the premise into a “worldwide mystery with action-adventure elements”. Not only does this plan make the potential movie less claustrophobic (translation: less like a play), it also makes the franchise more sequel-friendly. It might get seem like Hasbro are just throwing money and screenwriters at a simple premise.
However, a lot could be riding on Clue to do well.
Hasbro has a number of board games planned for big screen adaptations. These include Monopoly, Candy Land and Risk. These could also feed into a shared Hasbro universe, which is rumoured to be in the works.
There’s no clear cast or crew on board for Clue. Gore Verbinski (Rango) was originally hired to direct, but it’s unclear if he stuck around after the move to Fox. But when we know, you’ll know. In the meantime, check out the trailer for the original 1985 movie above.
Clue doesn’t have a release date. Watch this space for all the latest Clue movie news.