Verbinski, in the hall, with a rope


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 board game, and has attached "Pirates of the Caribbean" helmer Gore Verbinski to direct and produce.

The project is part of a partnership between Universal and Hasbro to develop iconic board games into movies. Several other properties have big names attached to them, including "Candy Land," which has Kevin Lima attached to direct and Etan Cohen to write, and "Ouija Board," which Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes is producing.

Additionally, 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 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 generations. Hasbro acquired rights to the title when it purchased U.S. publisher Parker Bros.

Clue had its first go-round on the big screen in 1985, when Paramount released a campy parlor mystery starring Christopher Lloyd and Madeline Kahn. The movie didn't make much noise at the boxoffice but became a cult hit, gaining fame for having three theatrical versions with three different endings.

Universal has not yet attached a writer to the new "Clue."

The CAA-repped Verbinski, who directed all three "Pirates" movies, is next directing Paramount's animated adventure "Rango" and is on board to produce a U.S. remake of Korean monster movie "The Host" for Rogue Pictures. (partialdiff)