Gore Verbinski To Direct ‘Clue’ Movie

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:23 am,

clue board game image Gore Verbinski To Direct Clue MovieOf all the board games out there, the one which has potential to be at least a decent movie is Clue (or as us Brits know it – Cluedo). For those of you who may not know, there was already a movie of the game made back in 1985 which starred Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd and Michael McKean.

And it seems that Hollywood thinks there’s enough there to warrant another movie based on the game, with the ball set in motion with Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski in final negotiations to direct.

Now I can’t speak for the 1985 film since I haven’t seen it, but I do know that it’s somewhat of a cult film (although with a much smaller following than the likes of The Rocky Horror Picture Show or Donnie Darko) and therefore fans of it will probably end up being upset that they’re going ahead with another one.

What I also know about the original is it’s a comedy (one of those fun and campy style ones, I believe) but one of the questions about this new one is will it continue along a comedic route? Or will they try a serious Clue movie this time around? I personally would prefer the latter, simply because I don’t think a comedic version would work these days – back in the ’80s, sure, but what worked back then doesn’t necessarily translate into the 21st century (it can, but not often).

Clue isn’t the only board game to be in the works for appearances on the big-screen – Universal has striked up a deal with Hasbro to adapt other such board games as Candyland (which has Kevin Lima attached to direct and Etan Cohen on to write the script), Ouija Board (which is to be produced by Michael Bay’s company Platinum Dunes) and Monopoly (which has Ridlery Scott on-board to produce).

Let me just say quickly that Clue is a movie I could see – it’s already been done in the past and out of all the board games out there it is one of the ones I’d look to first if I was going to adapt from board to big-screen. However Candyland? Ouija Board? Monopoly? Are they serious? Clearly they are since they already have people on-board to write, direct and produce but those three come off as pretty much the opposite of the term adaptable.

The idea of adapting this game aside, it’s certainly peculiar that the guy who did the Pirates franchise is going to be directing (well, he’s in final negotiations but chances are he’ll get the gig). Will this mean some sort of over-the-top, elaborate movie with a bigger budget than warranted? Or will his experiences of smaller fair, such as the remake of The Ring (which is about the only remake of an Asian horror flick that’s superior to the original) and the extremely underrated The Weather Men, keep his sights on the small and intricate?

I’d certainly hope for the latter…

So what do you think of another big-screen adaptation of the board game Clue and the fact that Verbinski is set to direct? And what about movies being based on board games in general?

Sources: Cinematical and The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. The first clue movie was fun, funny, didn’t take itself too seriously, and had 3 possible endings, each plausible in its own way, but the real ending was the kicker.

    If they’re going to make a movie of the game, It should be fun, funny and enjoyable, because that’s the spirit of the game.

  2. *Spoiler*

    Colonel Mustard did it with the lead pipe in the Kitchen

  3. Tim Curry was brilliant in the first one. That’s really all I remember about it.

  4. Seriously? Maybe is Steve Carell was attached.

  5. You haven’t seen Clue? You really should have take an hour and a half out of your day before you wrote this.

  6. With the right story another Clue movie could be fun.

  7. @ Jason,

    I don’t own the movie and don’t live near enough to a DVD store to run out and buy it.

    I don’t think seeing the 1985 film was essential before writing the post – the main point of the story wasn’t about that ’80s flick but rather them doing another movie.

  8. The original movie was great. Do yourself a favour and watch it.

    Board games are such a vague spec for a script that I don’t have an opinion on them.

  9. Agreed. The original film was genius. Tim Curry is indeed the man(I use that loosely, Frankenfurter) the whole cast was brilliant, especially Curry and Michael McKeen. To do another film and try to make it serious is a massive mistake. I’d rather see them do a sequel to the original, acknowledging the previous event between the entire cast, and have an outside party set them up. Definitely bring some new talent to the characters though, like having Jason Bateman play Professor Plum, and Kristin Wig as Miss White, and Steve Carrell as Mr. Green, and (dare I say it?) Will Ferrell as Colonel Mustard. Then again, that could blow up in their faces equally as much.

  10. If Verbinski makes it a serious, intriguing, even scary film with some cool FX and a terrific cast it’ll work..

    If not, it’ll be just another remake of a classic that NEVER should have been made in the first place..

    ..kinda like THE THING!

    And yes, Tim Curry is the bomb! His performance in ‘Legend’ was the best!

  11. will ferrel, as mustard, setve carell, as green, and charlie sheen as plum, sandra bullock as scarlet, betty white as mrs. white, idk 4 peacock. this movie has to be fun 4 old players, and new players, use the old rooms(the new rooms SUCK). funny is/ has to be YES!!!!!!! Not graphic, but suspence is a must. and a 1956 yar, time. What if the movie was made in the same house? that beBEAST!

  12. Remakes usually suck and ruin a good film that was made way back when. Take Clash of the Titans. They totally messed it up with the remake. So glad I have the original. I agree that Tim Curry is the man and enjoyed him in Legend as well. They will have to get new talent since Madeline Kahn is gone but it should be good. I hate Will Ferrel and Jim Carey so as long as they aren’t in it, it should be good. I find Will Ferrel and Jim Carey lack luster in comedy. Basically, They ain’t funny! A more mysterious feel or even scarier feel would be awesome.

  13. Heh, why I am writing my own personal Clue scrpit. So far, I typed 57 pages, so it’s the longest script I’ve ever typed. And I have two detectives as the leads. It’s kinda like that movie “Shutter Island”.

    Visit Awards.com by clicking on my name.