Clue Film and TV Rights Land at Sony

The film and TV rights for Clue have landed at Sony, with Hasbro Entertainment closing a deal with TriStar Pictures and Sony Pictures Television to develop adaptations of the classic murder mystery board game.

Clue, the game, has players figure out who is responsible for a murder in a cast of characters that includes Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White and Miss Scarlet. The location of the murder (dining room, kitchen, ballroom, etc.) and weapon (velvet rope, lamp, knife, etc.) also must be deciphered.

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The board game was previously adapted into a 1985 comedy that starred Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn and Christopher Lloyd, among others. While the film performed poorly at the box office and debuted to lukewarm reviews, Clue, which was written and directed by Jonathan Lynn, has since reached cult status. Over the years, other versions were in the works, with Ryan Reynolds at one point attached to star in a 20th Century adaptation from Deadpool scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

Clue is the latest for development deal Hasbro, which spun off film and TV unit eOne last year and has been partnering with studios to produce film based on its toy and game IP.

Hasbro recently announced that it would be working with Lionsgate on a Monopoly movie that has Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap attached to produce, following its success with Barbie. The company worked with Paramount — the studio behind Transformers franchise (another Hasbro property) — on the 2023 release of a Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, which grossed over $200 million at the global box office.

Said Hasbro film boss Zev Foreman and TV head Gabriel Marano, “Sony is the perfect partner to adapt a property as culturally impactful and mystery-defining as Clue. Nicole Brown, Katherine Pope, and their teams are tremendous creative collaborators and ideal partners to help us figure out after 75 years if it was Colonel Mustard in the conservatory with the candlestick.”

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