Dismissed by critics and the box-office when it first came out in 1985, the black comedy “Clue” has since gone on to become one the favorite cult films of a generation and one of my personal favorite comedies of all time.
Now, Universal has attached “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski to develop “Clue,” a more straightforward murder mystery take on the classic Hasbro board game that he would direct says Variety.
The film is a part of Universal’s deal with Hasbro which will see their board game properties like “Monopoly,” “Candyland” and “Ouija” become features.
Jonathan Krauss , senior VP of Verbinski’s production company Blind Wink, says this incarnation will be “a global thriller and transmedia event that uses deductive reasoning as its storytelling engine.”
Verbinski will next direct an adaptation of the acclaimed video fame “Bioshock” for Universal.
Jonathan Lynn, regular writer of acclaimed British comedy series “Yes Minister”, penned and directed the original film which starred such comedy luminaries as Madeline Khan, Christopher Lloyd, Tim Curry, Michael McKean, Lesley Ann Warren, Eileen Brennan and Martin Mull.
In that McCarthy-era set film, six people using pseudonyms (eg. Mrs. White, Miss Scarlett) are called to a dinner party at a creepy Victorian mansion. Each of them have one thing in common though, all are being blackmailed for past indiscretions.
Over the course of the evening, bodies of various ancillary characters start to pile up, as do the classic lines such as “Husbands should be like Kleenex – soft, strong and disposable”.