Gore Verbinski to direct ‘Clue’
Universal drama based on Hasbro board game
By MICHAEL FLEMING
Universal Pictures has attached Gore Verbinski to direct and produce “Clue,” a live-action murder mystery based on the Hasbro board game.
Verbinski will produce through his U-based Blind Wink banner, along with Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir, who also have an overall deal at the studio.
In the board game, competitors solve a murder that was committed either by Professor Plum, Ms. White, Col. Mustard, Miss Peacock, Mr. Green or Ms. Scarlet. The killer has perpetrated the dastardly deed using either a knife, rope, candlestick, wrench, pistol or a lead pipe.
The board game is one of the few 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.
“Clue,” which was previously turned into a 1985 film, becomes the latest Hasbro property to be set for the bigscreen. The toymaker has “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra,” both of which will be distributed by Paramount this summer. At Universal, Hasbro hatched “Stretch Armstrong,” which just set Steve Oedekerk as writer; the Ridley Scott-directed “Monopoly”; “Candyland,” which Etan Cohen (“Tropic Thunder”) is writing for Kevin Lima to direct; and “Ouija,” which is being produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes banner.
Verbinski followed the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films by directing the animated Paramount feature “Rango” with Johnny Depp. He formed Blind Wink at Universal after making a deal to direct a live-action film based on the vidgame “Bioshock.”