Universal Drops “Clue,” “Magic” & “Monopoly”

Universal Pictures has quietly dropped “Clue”, the third of seven Hasbro board game properties which the studio contracted to make into movies reports Deadline.

The studio has also reportedly dumped plans for films based on “Monopoly” and “Magic: The Gathering” which have both been in development for a few years. Despite this, the projects are said to still be alive with Hasbro funding the development and production of “Clue” with Gore Verbinski (the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) still attached to direct and produce.

“Flash Gordon” scribes Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama have been hired to write a new “Clue” script based on a take by the producers that “retains the murder mystery spirit of the board game” but shifts the setting to a global stage.

Universal is still committed to the four other projects with Hasbro, the first being next Summer’s action epic “Battleship”. Also in the works are the Taylor Lautner-led “Stretch Armstrong”, the fantasy epic “Candy Land” and the McG-directed “Ouija”. Hasbro continues to develop “Monopoly” with Scott Free but the ‘Magic’ adaptation seems to be truly dead for now.