James Bobin who directed Disney’s most recent Muppet movie, Muppets Most Wanted and Alice Through The Looking Glass is in talks to direct 20th Century Studios’ Clue, starring Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bobin would takeover directing reigns from Jason Bateman (Zootopia) who boarded the project last Summer. Bateman was also set to co-star opposite Reynolds but that is also not the case anymore. Reynolds remains attached still. James Bobin is coming off 2019’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold, which shocked a lot of critics and audiences alike.
Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are currently penning the script. Reynolds will produce the project Maximum Effort production label, Allspark Pictures, the film division of Hasbro is also producing.
Last May, Reese and Wernick teased the direction they are going with the film.
“DON’T BE SURPRISED IF ‘CLUE’ IS R-RATED… POTENTIALLY,”
“IT WILL HAVE ELEMENTS OF [THE ORIGINAL MOVIE], BUT IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE DON’T TRY AND JUST REHASH IT,” Reese said. “WE WANT TO BUILD ON IT. WE WANT TO TAKE SOME OF WHAT MAKES IT FUN AND FUNNY, BUT THEN WE WANT TO DO OUR OWN THING. IT’S ABOUT FINDING THAT BALANCE. HOPEFULLY WE DON’T UPSET THE CLUE-HOUNDS BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF THEM, APPARENTLY. WE DIDN’T REALIZE THIS UNTIL WE SIGNED UP.”
Clue, released in 1985 was a comedy based on the board game, which involves players figuring which of the guests at a mansion murdered someone, with which murder weapon and in which room. The film was directed by Jonathan Lynn. Lynn worked on the script with John Landis. Clue starred Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren. The film had one of three possible endings, and different theaters received different ones. All were included on the home video release. Though the film didn’t do well in its run a the box office, only making $14,643,997 in domestic sales, it has become a cult classic.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter