Although the 1985 Clue movie was met with mixed reaction during its theatrical run and was considered a box office disappointment, it's built quite the cult following in the decades since. Over the last seven years, a remake of the movie inspired by the classic board game of the same name has been in development, and in 2016, the project found a new home at 20th Century Fox. Now this new Clue movie has taken another big step forward by recruiting Ryan Reynolds to be one of the leads.
Ryan Reynolds has signed a three-year first-look deal with Fox, which will see him developing projects for the studio though his production company Maximum Effort. The first of these projects will be the Clue remake, which is being built as a "star vehicle" for Reynolds. Deadline also reports that Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are in negotiations to re-team with Reynolds for Clue. Ryan Jones is already attached as a producer, and Daria Cercek is overseeing the movie on Fox's behalf. Reynolds has had a cozy relationship with Fox ever since Deadpool surpassed expectations in 2016, and while this deal seemingly bodes well for his future as the Merc with the Mouth following Disney's acquisition of Fox last month, working on this Clue remake is another interesting opportunity for the Hollywood star.
Universal was the first to develop the Clue remake, and the plan was for Gore Verbinski to produce and direct it. But after years of development, that iteration of the new movie was never cracked, hence why it moved to Fox. Rather than be a straightforward re-telling of the original movie that starred Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Lesley Ann Warren and Martin Mull, among others, supposedly this plan for this new version of Clue is to be a "worldwide mystery" action-adventure that could set up a franchise. Obviously this movie will have to perform better than its predecessor did for a franchise to kick off, but with Reynolds as one of the leads and helping produce it, as well as him potentially working with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick on the story, then this version of Clue is already off to a good start. At the very least, we can presume it will provide plenty of laughs.
We'll keep you updated on how the Clue remake is coming along as more details come in. For now, you can see Ryan Reynolds back on the big screen when Deadpool 2 is released on May 18, and don't forget to look through our 2018 release schedule to find out what other movies will arrive this year. If you find yourself with some spare time, feel free to also break out the Clue board game and deduce which of the classic characters Reynolds might play in the remake.