Sunday, 18 September 2016

Clue reboot is back in development

The second attempt to fashion a movie from the murder mystery board game Cluedo – known as Clue in the US, hence the title for the 1985 version – has not had the easiest journey getting to screens. But now news arrives via Variety that 20th Century Fox are hoping they can solve the case.

Variety has confirmed word that was first sent by The Tracking Board that game company Hasbro, frustrated after years of development and lack of movement at Universal Pictures, have shifted the project to its new studio home. Universal had focused on game adaptations as part of its deal with Hasbro, but after the lacklustre box office of Battleship (2012) and the one success of Ouija (2014), the studio inevitably got cold feet. Gore Verbinski (The Lone Ranger) was attached as director, but he is no longer involved.

The plot is still a mystery at this point, though it may hew closely towards the game's basics of colourful characters (Professor Plum, Miss Scarlett, Mrs. Green, Colonel Mustard), who are wrapped up in a murder mystery. There is reportedly thought that it could break out of the mansion house format and become a bigger, more action packed adventure film, but all that remains under wraps for now. As always, watch this space.

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