Thursday, February 26, 2009

"Yup, two corpses, everything's fine."

Oh, for the love of Pete!
Universal Pictures has attached Gore Verbinski ("Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise) to develop Clue, a live-action murder mystery based on the Hasbro board game that he would direct, reports Variety.

Verbinski will produce through his Universal-based Blind Wink company, along with Hasbro's Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir, who also have an overall deal at the studio.

Verbinski will next direct Bioshock for Universal.

"Clue" is one of the few board games 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.

A previous film version was released in 1985.

Clue will be turned into a mystery that Blind Wink's Jonathan Krauss called "A global thriller and transmedia event that uses deductive reasoning as its storytelling engine."
Listen, Verbinski, you have my admiration for making an incredibly fun an exciting movie our of a theme park ride, but don't think that such lightning is going to strike again for you with video game and board game properties (especially if you don't have Johnny Depp around).

Besides, Clue was already made into an awesome movie. Not only would you be tarnishing the name by making a second, but you'd also be making a film that doesn't even justify the name. "Global thriller"? The game takes place in one house!

How does all this make you feel, Mrs. White?

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