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Clue chooses to expose itself on stage in 2017


Despite the pixelated slog of Battleship, the listless non-scares of Ouija, and the existential threat of a Monopoly movie adaptation, 1985’s Clue improbably managed to escape the inherent perils of turning a board game into a film and built a cult following. But Hollywood has never met a property it could resist repackaging, so despite the fact the original’s creative success was based largely on the chemistry of its cast and wasn’t even financially successful, Clue is headed back to the big screen. Not only that, but Variety reports that a separate Clue project is headed for a national stage tour in 2017.

The project is a part of a partnership between Araca Group and Hasbro, who are also behind the Monopoly musical project. But before you hurl a candelabra at your monitor in the library, or smash Siri over the head with a lead pipe in the solarium, there’s some potentially good news for fans of the 1985 classic. The stage adaptation is being penned by Jonathan Lynn, who wrote and directed the original film. Furthermore, Lynn is reportedly adapting the play directly from his original film script. (According to IMDB, Lynn’s also getting a story credit for the remake.)


With its cadences, staging, casting, and twist on an Agatha Christie whodunit, the 1985 comedy always felt like stage play projected on the screen, anyhow—so maybe this is just the Clue stage tour we should have gotten all along. Perhaps with Lynn’s involvement on the play—and despite Hasbro’s replacement of Mrs. White with Dr. Orchid—we’ll get to see somebody deliver the late, great Madeline Kahn’s memorable breakdown:

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