With the recent success of Rian Johnson’s Knives Out and Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express the year before, it would appear that murder mysteries are back in and Hollywood execs are scrambling to react. Branagh is already working on his follow-up, Death on the Nile, and this week 20th Century Studios announced that they are setting up a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. On top of that, the same studio is developing a remake of Clue based on the popular board game with Ryan Reynolds attached to star. Hit the jump for more details.
According to THR, James Bobin (The Muppets, Alice Through the Looking Glass) is in early talks to direct Clue for 20th Century Studios. The project was originally supposed to be directed by Jason Bateman, who was also going to co-star, but he has been forced to drop out due to a scheduling issue with his Netflix series Ozark. Bobin has worked with Disney several times over the past decade, and since 20th Century is now owned by Disney, this kind of makes sense.
Ryan Reynolds is attached to star in the movie and will also produce through his Maximum Effort label. Frequent Reynolds collaborators Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Deadpool, 6 Underground) are writing the script, so you can probably expect some snappy dialogue filled with pop culture references. The original Clue was released in 1985 and starred Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Eileen Brennan, Christopher Lloyd and Michael McKean, among others. It also featured multiple endings depending on what screening you saw… no word on whether they are planning to replicate this gimmick. Are you looking forward to the new Clue?