Gore Verbinski gets a 'Clue'


Jack Sparrow in the conservatory with a crowbar?

Universal is moving several spaces up the board with "Clue," a big-screen take on the classic game, and is in final negotiations with "Pirates of the Caribbean" helmer Gore Verbinski to direct and produce.

The project comes as part of a partnership between Universal and Hasbro to develop iconic board games into movies. A number of other properties have big names attached to them, including "Candyland," which has Kevin Lima attached to direct and Etan Cohen to write, and "Ouija Board," which Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes is producing. And Ridley Scott is on board to produce "Monopoly."

With its recognizable format, mystery aspects and myriad suspects, "Clue" is among the Hasbro titles most ripe for a cinematic adaptation.

The process-of-elimination game -- which of course requires players to solve a murder by guessing the killer, the site of the crime and the murder weapon -- was developed in the U.K. after World War II under the name Cluedo and has became a staple for several generations. Hasbro acquired rights to the title when it bought U.S. publisher Parker Bros.

Clue had its first go-round on the big screen nearly 25 years ago, when Paramount released a campy parlor mystery starring Christopher Lloyd and Madeline Kahn. The movie didn't make much noise at the boxoffice, but it became a cult hit of sorts, gaining fame because three separate versions with three separate endings were released to theaters. Universal has yet to attach a writer to the new "Clue."

The CAA-repped Verbinski, who directed all three "Pirates" movies, is next directing the animated adventure "Rango" for Paramount and is on board to produce a U.S. remake of Korean monster movie "The Host" for Rogue Pictures. Looks like now he'll be getting busy with Colonel Mustard too.
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