As the 2012 film Battleship proves, it’s not easy making a successful movie based on a board game. The 1985 film Clue is a long-standing exception to the rule, though, and superstar Ryan Reynolds is now set to headline a remake.
Reynolds’ production company, Maximum Effort, just signed a new three-year deal with 20th Century Fox to collaborate on films that Reynolds will produce.
A new version of Clue, co-produced by Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures, is the first project set to go forward, with Reynolds intended to star, as well.
The studio is in talks with Deadpool and Deadpool 2 writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to come aboard the new Clue movie, as well.
It was due to the massive success of Deadpool and the anticipated results for Deadpool 2 that Fox was eager to work together with Reynolds on future projects.
Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren co-starred in the original Clue.
The movie hewed clue to the plot of the board game, with six strangers arriving at a house party at a lavish mansion in 1954 New England.
The guests are all given pseudonyms to protect their real identities, going by the names of the game characters: Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard, etc.
In keeping with the spirit of the board game, three different endings to the movie were filmed, with different theaters receiving different versions.
A fourth ending was filmed as well, but the director decided it didn’t work as well as the others and scrapped it before it was released.
It’s unlikely the new Clue will be a note-for-note remake of the 1985 film; instead, it will likely be an entirely new movie also based on the board game mythology. In the meantime, you can catch Reynolds in Deadpool 2 when it arrives in theaters this summer, starting on May 18, 2018.