‘Ozark’ actor Jason Bateman has entered into early negotiations to star and direct the Hasbro game adaptation ‘Clue’ which is being made by Ryan Reynolds’ Maximum Effort banner.
Reynolds became attached to the project last year after signing a three-year first-look deal with Fox. Reynolds was initially thought to be the starring vehicle for the movie. Hasbro’s film division, Allspark Pictures, will also be producing. ‘Deadpool’ scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will pen the script.
The game, which was first developed in 1949, has already previously been adapted into a film with the 1985 version that went by the same name. Jonathan Lynn directed and it starred Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull and Lesley Ann Warren.
Otherwise known as ‘Cluedo’ in the UK, the game is a murder-mystery board game for three to six players. The object of the game is to determine who murdered the game’s victim (Dr. Black in the UK version and Mr. Boddy in North American versions), where the crime took place, and which weapon was used. Each player assumes the role of one of the six suspects and attempts to deduce the correct answer by strategically moving around a game board representing the rooms of a mansion and collecting clues about the circumstances of the murder from the other players.
Bateman’s long-established career spans as far back as 1981 when he starred in ‘Little House on The Prairie. He has since gone on to star in many films and TV series including ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Game Night’.