LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Jack Sparrow in the conservatory with a crowbar?
Universal Pictures is moving several spaces up the board with "Clue," a big-screen take on the classic game, and is in final negotiations with "Pirates of the Caribbean" helmer Gore Verbinski to direct and produce.
The project is one of the results of a partnership between Universal and Hasbro to develop famous board games into movies. A number of other properties in development as movies have well-known filmmakers attached to them. "Candyland" will be written by Etan Cohen ("Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa") and directed by Kevin Lima ("Enchanted"). Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes is producing "Ouija Board." And Ridley Scott will produce "Monopoly."
With its recognizable format, mystery aspects and myriad suspects, "Clue" is among the Hasbro titles most ripe for a cinematic adaptation.
The process-of-elimination game -- which requires players to solve a murder by guessing the killer, the site of the crime and the murder weapon -- was developed in the U.K. after World War II under the name Cluedo and has became a staple for several generations. Hasbro acquired rights to the title when it bought U.S. game manufacturer Parker Bros.
Clue had its first go-round on the big screen nearly 25 years ago, when Paramount released a campy parlor mystery starring Christopher Lloyd and Madeline Kahn. The movie didn't make much noise at the box office, but it became a cult hit of sorts, gaining fame because three separate versions with three separate endings were released to theaters.
Universal has yet to hire a writer for the new "Clue."
Verbinski, who directed all three "Pirates" movies, is next directing the animated adventure "Rango" for Paramount and will produce a U.S. remake of Korean monster movie "The Host" for Rogue Pictures.
(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)