A few days ago it was reported by the trades that Ryan Reynolds’ gestating adult-oriented Clue remake would now have a possible replacement for director Jason Bateman. 

Bateman seemingly had to drop-out due to a scheduling conflict with the Netflix series Ozark, he was also expected to play a role in the film as well. 

Director James Bobin according to TheHollywoodReporter is in early talks with Reynolds and 20th Century Studios to helm Clue. 

Clue is the board game in which players take on roles of guests at a mansion trying to deduce the identity of a killer. 

Bobin is no stranger to slightly more mature comedic material despite his recent run of family films having worked on HBO series such as Da Ali G Show and Flight of The Conchords. 

Bobin’s other credits include The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, Alice Through The Looking Glass, and Dora & The Lost City of Gold. 

The film’s script was penned by screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who are best known for hybrid comedies like Zombieland, Deadpool, Deadpool 2, and Zombieland Double Tap. 

The project suddenly doesn’t look as weird post-Knives Out and could give 20th Century Studios a chance to get their mitts on another mature whodunnit franchise. 

We already know that Lionsgate has officially announced a Knives Out sequel from writer/director Rian Johnson is on the way with Daniel Craig (No Time To Time) returning to the role of private detective Benoit Blanc.

Paramount Pictures released a feature film based on the board game Clue back in 1985. 

Based on the popular board game, this comedy begins at a dinner party hosted by Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving), where he admits to blackmailing his visitors. 

These guests, who have been given aliases, are Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), Miss Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren), Mr. Green (Michael McKean), professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd), Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn) and Col. Mustard (Martin Mull). 

When Boddy turns up murdered, all are suspects, and together they try to figure out who is the killer.

Ryan Reynolds is currently shooting the Netflix film Red Notice co-starring Dwayne Johnson (Black Adam) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman 1984). 

The Canadian actor also revealed last year that Deadpool 3 was officially in development phases at Marvel Studios, but the studio has yet to announce when they plan to release the film or begin production. 

The assumption is that both Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are potentially continuing work on the Deadpool 3 script, as they had been working on it before the merger between Disney and 21 Century Fox closed last March. 

A release date for Clue has yet to be announced but sometime in 2021 feels like a good bet if production begins in 2020. 

Ryan’s next film will be 20th Century’s Free Guy set to be released on July 3rd. 

A bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game, decides to become the hero of his own story…one he rewrites himself. Now in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way…before it is too late. 

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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