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'Muppets' Filmmaker James Bobin in Talks to Direct Ryan Reynolds in 'Clue'

Reynolds is also producing 20th Century's adaptation of the classic board game.
James Bobin (left), Ryan Reynolds   |   Victor Chavez/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures; Jason Mendez/WireImage
Reynolds is also producing 20th Century's adaptation of the classic board game.

Clue is getting a new director.

James Bobin, best known for helming Disney’s recent Muppets movies, is in early talks to tackle the big-screen adaptation of the classic board game.

Jason Bateman was previously on board to helm the project, which hails from Disney’s 20th Century Studios label. He also was going to act in the pic, but that, too, is no longer the case as he ran  into scheduling conflicts with his  Netflix series, Ozark.

Ryan Reynolds remains attached to star in the murder mystery and is also producing via his Maximum Effort label. Allspark Pictures, the film division of Hasbro, is also producing.

Rheet Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the Reynolds vehicles Deadpool, Deadpool 2 and 6 Underground, are penning the script.

Clue is the board game in which players take on roles of guests at a mansion trying to deduce the identity of a killer. Before Fox, an adaptation was being developed at Universal, with one version having Gore Verbinski as director.

Bobin made a name for himself as one of the creators of the musical comedy series Flight of the Conchords. That led to him becoming the director of Disney’s 2011 Muppets reboot and its 2014 sequel, Muppets Most Wanted. He subsequently went the big-budget route with Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) and last directed the 2019 family film Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

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