Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
As someone who completely wore out his VHS copy of Clue through constant rewatching over many years, I’ll never not be delighted by the strong cult following Jonathan Lynn’s 1985 comedy has developed over the years. Here’s a film that was The LEGO Movie decades before The LEGO Movie existed – a bad idea executed to such perfection that it feels like a warning to every imitator. Don’t even try. We made this cynical idea, this film adaption of a popular toy brand, sing. It would be all downhill from here.
So my initial response to the news that 20th Century Fox is developing a new Clue movie is to raise an eyebrow and cross my arms and make a distinct “Hurm” because I have a hard time imagining this ending well.
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This year marks the anniversary of several movies, including the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, the 40th anniversary of Jaws and the 25th anniversary of Gremlins 2: The New Batch. But there’s another film that may not be quite as celebrated, but deserves to be honored for its 30th anniversary this year: the murder mystery comedy Clue.
Based on the classic board game of the same name, the film brings to life the strange and perplexing murder mystery that keeps getting worse as the stormy night carries on. If there’s one piece of evidence to show that adapting a board game into a movie can work, it’s Clue. And Gallery 1988 is paying tribute to the movie with a collection of fantastic, original artwork. Check out the Gallery 1988 Clue artwork after the jump! Read More »
Have you ever wondered how the Transformers movies came to be? Or how about the box office failure Battleship, the two G.I. Joe movies, or the upcoming Jem and the Holograms film adaptation? All of these films started as toys owned by the Hasbro toy company. Business Insider talked with Hasbro Chief Marketing Officer John Frascotti to find out how these toys become movies and I think some of the details are fascinating and humorous. Find out how toys get made into movies, after the jump.
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Universal, in the conference room, with the telephone. That’s most likely how the movie studio officially dropped their interest in a remake/adaptation of the Hasbro board game Clue. However, Hasbro is currently so flush from films like Transformers: Dark of the Moon, they aren’t worried. They’ve got Battleship, Stretch Armstrong, Ouija and Candyland all still in various stages of production/development and they’re letting Clue go out on its own with Gore Verbinski‘s production company Blink Wink. In fact, screenwriters Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama have just been hired to take the murder mystery structure and adapt it on a global scale. Read more after the jump. Read More »
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 22 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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Universal Pictures has made a series of deals with Hasbro to adapt board games and toys into big screen movies. Last year the studio signed Ridley Scott to develop a movie based on Monopoly. Over the past month it was announced that Platinum Dunes was developing a movie based around the Ouija board, Etan Cohen was writing a screenplay for Candyland with Enchanted director Kevin Lima to direct, and Steve Oedekerk to write a big screen adaptation of Stretch Armstrong.
And now comes news that Pirates of the Caribbean helmer Gore Verbinski has signed on with Universal to direct and produce a live-action adaptation of the board game Clue. While most of the other properties might seem like odd choices, Clue has a murder mystery storyline that seems much easier to turn into a narrative story.
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