Clue Remake Getting Shopped Around, Just Watch The Original Instead

By Jacob VanGundy | Published

  • Hasbro is reportedly shopping the rights for a new Clue movie.
  • A Clue remake has been rumored to be in development for years.
  • Ryan Reynolds was once attached to the new adaptation.
  • Any remake will likely pale in comparison to the 1985 cult classic.

In the wake of Barbie’s smash success last year, studios are scrambling to turn toys and board games into successful film franchises. A new Clue movie is one of the properties being shopped around by Hasbro. What sets this apart from the dozens of other toys and board games being considered is that the perfect Clue movie has existed for decades.

Ryan Reynolds Was Once Attached To The Clue Remake

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The new version of a Clue movie has been in the works for years but has yet to have any solid basis as talent has been attached for a time and then drifted away. At one point, Ryan Reynolds was attached to the film, though it seems that deal has fallen through. Director James Bobin has also been attached to the project, but it remains to be seen if he’s still on track to direct the film. 

There is some hope that a new Clue movie trying to capture a tone similar to Barbie’s could work well. The fact that a comedic actor like Ryan Reynolds and James Bobin, who’s most known for his work on Flight of the Conchords and The Muppets, shows commitment to making Clue a proper comedy. Combining a murder mystery with iconic but narratively undefined characters and a strong sense of humor is a winning formula. 

The Clue Remake Has Big Shoes To Fill

The big problem a new Clue movie has to overcome is that it has to compete with the 1985 version, which is already a beloved cult classic. Bringing together an all-star cast consisting of Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Khan, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren, and Colleen Camp, the 1985 Clue is a pitch-perfect comedy. While it uses the characters and murder mystery of the board game, the incredible cast elevates characters like Miss Scarlett and Mr. Green into incredible comedic characters. 

Studios Should Focus On Originals

In an age where original IP is increasingly rare, it seems like a waste to adapt Clue when the perfect Clue movie has already existed for decades. The original movie captures a perfect mix of slapstick comedy, clever wordplay, dark humor, and structural experimentation that elevates it over the average comedy and makes it feel as fresh and funny as it was in 1985. Hasbro would be better off adapting something new, and film studios would be better off making an original comedy mystery. 

Clue Is One Of The Best Movies Ever Made


Whether the new Clue movie turns out to be good or not, it would have to be truly exceptional to escape the shadow of the 1985 version. The original holds a high 71 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, which is very high for a comedy, let alone one from almost four decades ago. It also has a large footprint in the popular zeitgeist between Tim Curry’s iconic performance, Madeline Khan’s legendary “the flames” scene, and the multiple endings Clue has a hold on the public consciousness that will be nearly impossible to overcome. 

Where To Watch The Original Clue Movie

The new Clue movie has no production details or release date announced. For those who want a Clue movie and haven’t seen the 1985 classic, there’s no need to wait for the new movie; go watch an absolutely perfect comedic take on the board game. Those with a Paramount+ subscription can stream the movie right now.