Ryan Reynolds to Star in Clue Reboot


Hey, remember the board game movie craze of the early 2010s? We got Battleship, Ouija and… well, that’s about it. But we were also supposed to be getting Monopoly, Candy Land, Risk and Hungry Hungry Hippos movies (among others), but the trend seemed to die pretty quickly after Universal and Hasbro ended their partnership. Now it appears that Hasbro is slowly reviving some of these projects with other studios and they’re starting with the classic detective game Clue. What’s more, they’ve somehow got several members of the Deadpool creative team involved. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

According to Deadline, Ryan Reynolds is attached to star in Clue for 20th Century Fox and Allspark Pictures based on the Hasbro board game. Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are also in talks to write the script. The project is part of a three-year first look deal that Fox has with Reynolds’ production company Maximum Effort. Gore Verbinski was prevously attached to a Clue movie back when it was set up at Universal.

It seems likely that the recent success of Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express helped get this movie off the ground, although based on their choice of writers this may be a more of a comedy than a straight up murder mystery. Then again, that’s not surprise since the previous Clue movie made back in 1985 was somewhat comedic with a cast that included Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd and Michael McKean. The gimmick at the time was that the movie had three different endings divided among various theatres. Do you have any interest in a brand new Clue movie?

  • pcch7

    Yay, another movie I won’t watch because of that desperate comedian. He needs to know his role

  • Lior

    Why a reboot? It’s not a franchise or a series. More like a remake? Clue the game itself is a take on the Old Dark House murder mystery, which as cinema was prevelant in the 30’s and 40’s.

    Nowadays, unless you adapt Agatha Christie, you’ll have a very hard time doing a straight Old Dark House murder mystery film today without it being laughable, so I think a comedy is the way to go. There is an “unofficial” version of Clue from the 70’s which is superior to the 1985 film, and that is Murder By Death (penned by Neil Simon, no less). Funny stuff.

  • Sean

    Remake works too, I suppose although I didn’t give it much thought. I had just seen it referred to as a reboot in a few places. Everything nowadays is at least intended to be a franchise so I guess that’s why that term seems to get used more often than remake. Plus people still think remake is a dirty word for some reason.

    But yeah, I agree comedy is probably preferable anyway.

  • Stanley Puberick

    ugh. his comedic style is so smarmy and off-putting

  • Lior

    Yeah, the key word here is “intended”. I guess for me it’s always a remake until proven otherwise…
    Also, there is nothing to reboot here… I don’t think Tim Curry’s Butler character has gone into the pantheon of cinema or pop culture or anything… it doesns’t appear on coffee mugs or T-shirts. Nobody cares. Clue is a rather forgettable 80’s comedy, but it has its charm for sure.

  • Guarantee there won’t be a single moment in the new version that’s as funny as ‘Mr. Boddy’s body, it’s gone!”

  • Lori Cerny

    Much prefer to see Tim Curry reprise his role, but with a modern feel and contemporary dialogue.

    Reynolds who may be heading down the Johnny Depp route.