"Universal Pictures has attached Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) to develop Clue, a live-action murder mystery based on the Hasbro board game that he would direct.
Verbinski will produce through his Universal-based Blind Wink company, along with Hasbro's Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir, who also have an overall deal at the studio.
Verbinski will next direct Bioshock for Universal.
"Clue" is one of the few board games to surpass $1 billion in sales, in more than 50 markets. It was developed in England by a retired legal clerk named Anthony Pratt during WWII and released in 1948.
A previous film version was released in 1985.
Clue will be turned into a mystery that Blind Wink's Jonathan Krauss called "A global thriller and transmedia event that uses deductive reasoning as its storytelling engine."
Now, I trust Gore Verbinski for two reasons - 1. HE DID PIRATES; the top movie franchise at Disney. Does anybody remember a lot of press surrounding Black Pearl before it came out? No? Because there was none, because Disney was embarrassed of its first PG-13 film. It ended up giving them $2.7 BILLION at the box office (all three counting). 2. He's from Tennessee, like me! BUT I LIKED THE ORIGINAL CLUE. To me, Clue will always be a slapstick comedy.