Universal Pictures and director Peter Berg's big-budget adaptation of Hasbro's Battleship board game was one gamble that didn't work (as far as the box office goes), back in 2012. This then impacted other developing Hasbro adaptations at Universal - specifically, a reboot/remake of Clue that was to be directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3, The Lone Ranger). Since then however, Hasbro has made a renewed effort to further develop its gaming and toy properties into movie/TV franchises at Paramount Pictures. An entire Hasbro cinematic universe is now being planned out by a whole team of screenwriters, to go with Paramount and Hasbro's highly-lucrative Transformers film series.
The potential Clue remake/reboot has since been on radio silence, as far as the significant developments updates are concerned. However, Hasbro hasn't give up on that project (or other slow-developing board game adaptations, for that matter) - and now, the film is reported to have found a new home at 20th Century Fox. Moreover, we now have some additional details on how, exactly, Hasbro and Fox intend to expand Clue's single-location murder mystery premise so that it can sustain a full-blown franchise (and not just a one-off movie).
Tracking Board is reporting that the Clue reboot has now been set up at 20th Century Fox. So far, the film's producers so far including Hasbro's head of development Josh Feldman, Hasbro Studios' Development and Production VP, Ryan Jones, and Fox Production SVP Daria Cercek.
The Clue board game (officially launched in 1949) requires its players to determine which guest at a mansion is responsible for killing one "Mr. Boddy" (in the U.S. version of the game), as well as both the weapon they used and the room in which the murder was committed. However, Tracking Board says the Clue movie reboot may expand that premise into a "'worldwide mystery' with action-adventure elements," as to better lend itself to sequels. For the time being, it's unclear whether Verbinski will be involved with the film in any capacity, be it as a producer or (possibly still) the director.
Clue isn't the only Hasbro gaming property that is reportedly undergoing a significant transformation, in order to work better as a film with franchise potential. Back in 2015, it was reported that Hasbro's Monopoly board game was being turned into a family-friendly adventure in the vein of 1980s movies such as The Goonies (or, to use the timely example, Netflix's '80s throwback series, Stranger Things). According to Tracking Board, Hasbro Studios' development slate still includes film adaptations of such board games as Candy Land and Risk too - though it sounds like those are currently on the back-burner, behind other major Hasbro IP adaptations (Clue, ROM the Spaceknight, Micronauts, and so forth).
Of course, Clue is no stranger to the big screen itself. The board game was previously adapted into a movie released in 1985 and starring such folk as Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd and Eileen Brennan, among others. The 1980s film version of Clue has since become earned a faithful cult following - one that has (naturally) yet to warm up fully to the prospect of a reboot/remake. Nevertheless, it sounds as thought the new Clue movie will be a very different beast than its quirky and darkly-comical predecessor (for better or worse)... should it finally move past the early stages of development and into production.
We'll bring you more information on the Clue reboot as it becomes available.
Source: Tracking Board