Will it be Miss Scarlet in the conservatory with the candlestick? Or Mr. Green in the kitchen with a rope? It’s anyone’s guess at this point, as story details are still under wraps. We are hearing, however, that there’s a desire to move the story out of the parlor and make it a game of “worldwide mystery” with action-adventure elements, potentially setting up a possible franchise that could play well internationally.
Feldman, who previously worked for Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films before being tapped to head up Hasbro’s TV and film division, has greatly expanded the iconic toy company’s footprint in Hollywood since his tenure began in 2014. In addition to Clue, Hasbro’s development board also includes adaptations of Monopoly, Risk, and Candy Land, not to mention the ever-expanding Transformers universe at Paramount, another G.I. Joe sequel in the works, and multiple series on the TV side.
The remake was previously set up at Universal before the studio dropped the project in 2011. At the time, Universal was engaged in a six-year exclusive deal with Hasbro to develop game properties into films. Hasbro didn’t walk away from the remake, however, but instead moved forward with developing the idea with Pirates of the Carribean director Gore Verbinski and his shingle, Blind Wink. Verbinski was attached to direct at the time; it is not clear if he is still involved in any capacity with the current incarnation of the project.
The 1985 adaptation of the classic board game, written by John Landis and directed by Jonathan Lynn, saw Tim Curry lead a colorful cast of characters based on those featured in the game – Mrs. Peacock, Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard – as they’re invited into a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery. Though the film received mixed reviews at the time, it has since grown a modest cult following.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor