After a few months of silence, we finally have an update on the long-gestating reboot of the classic board game Clue. Previously made into a film back in the 80s, Ryan Reynolds is leading the new version which comes to us from Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
According to Deadline, actor Jason Bateman is in talks to direct (and possibly co-star) which will reunite him with Reynolds after Smokin' Aces and The Change-Up. Bateman recently won an Emmy for his directing duties for his hit Netflix series Ozark, and previously directed himself in the films Bad Words, and The Fang Family. The new take on Clue is said to be more of a "globe-trotting adventure" than the classic murder mystery of the original film.
While it might be almost 35 years old, the 1985 Clue still holds a very special place in my heart. The impeccable cast featuring Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren is one of the finest comedy ensembles ever assembled. I'm not of the mind that a remake somehow erases or ruins the original, but as Clue remains the best movie based on any kind of game (video or board), I hope it's treated with the respect it deserves.
Jason Bateman is currently filming the third season of Ozark and will be directing the first two episodes. It remains unclear how soon Clue will go into production, Reynolds was recently confirmed as co-starring alongside Will Ferrell in a musical version of A Christmas Carol which is believed to be on the fast-track. We'll see Ryan Reynolds back in action mode later this year with the release of Michael Bay's Six Underground on Netflix.