Muppets Most Wanted director James Bobin has reportedly been identified as an early target to direct Ryan Reynold’s upcoming movie adaptation of the classic board game Clue.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bobin is currently in talks to helm the project after Jason Bateman (who was previously on board to direct and co-star in the murder-mystery) stepped out of the frame due to scheduling conflicts with his Netflix series Ozark.
After starting out in television, Bobin made his feature film directorial debut in 2011 with Disney’s Muppets reboot; he then also penned and directed the 2014 sequel. Following the puppet pictures, he took the reins on a selection of other family-friendly fares, including Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass and Paramount’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold, released in 2019.
Per the report, Deadpool scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are still working on the script for the Clue reboot, which will be produced by Allspark Pictures, the film division of Hasbro, alongside Reynolds’ own Maximum Effort production label.
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Paramount previously released a big-screen take on the beloved board game in 1985, which turned out to be an all-star comedic farce that eventually earned cult classic status. In its initial theatrical run, it had a gimmick where different theatres were issued different endings to the film, in which various characters were singled out as the murder culprit. When the film released on home video, the endings were cut together to fake out the audience before uncovering the truth.
At this stage, it is unclear whether the upcoming Clue reboot will reinstate the format of randomized endings but it’s not worth getting your moustache in a twist over it. Instead, check out our breakdown of best virtual reality adventure movies to watch before Free Guy, Reynolds’ next movie, opening in theatres on July 3, 2020.