Remakes and reboots are the lifeblood of Hollywood. No summer blockbuster season would be complete without a handful of faithful, if underperforming, cinematic reimaginings. So it should come as no shock that a reworking of the cult classic board-game adaptation of Clue is now officially in the works. This makes the third Tim Curry classic set to be rebooted over the next year or two, following remakes of both Rocky Horror Picture Show and Stephen King’s IT.
The Tracking Board is reporting that 20th Century Fox is remaking the 1985 film along with Hasbro, with Josh Feldman and Daria Cereck onboard to produce. Ryan Jones has signed on to executive produce. There is also word that the reboot will be more international in scope, with the filmmakers hoping to take the story “out of the parlor and make it a game of ‘worldwide mystery’ with action-adventure elements, potentially setting up a possible franchise that could play well internationally.” All of this to say, they’re removing all the fast-talking, who-done-it explanations and replacing them with European car chases and intense parkour sequences. Probably.
The project had been in development at Universal, with at least one director attached to the project. No word yet from Tim Curry, who at this point has got to be feeling pretty darn futile at the moment. Perhaps it’s time for Hollywood to stop picking over Curry’s wonderfully bizarre ouevre and go after someone much more deserving of scrutiny.
And by the fan response, the idea of a remake is going over as well as a singing telegram in the middle of a murder spree.