I’ve been a fan of the board game Clue since I was a kid. I’m convinced that some of my love for film noir and murder mysteries stems from this game of high class suspects with exotic weapons holed up together in a mansion. I was a huge fan of the slapstick comedy adaptation (though my love for that film has lessened a bit over the years).
I recently found myself wondering if Hollywood would ever be interested in making another adaptation of the game. Since pretty much everything is getting an adaptation these days, it seems like a new Clue movie is inevitable.
Whoever would make the film would have to be able to lock into the sense of fun and artificiality that is inherent in the whodunnit genre, which is compounded in a board game meant to encapsulate those qualities. After all, we’re dealing with characters with names like “Peacock” and “Mustard.” The film could- and should- feel like we’ve been put inside the game itself, so art direction is also key.
So, where are we? A fun and seemingly-artificial film in which we have a rich ensemble of broad characters gathered together in a fastidiously designed mansion.
I think we know exactly what we’re talking about…
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Written by: Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
Mrs. White- Tilda Swinton
Mr. Green- Bruce Willis
Ms. Scarlett- Anne Hathaway
Prof. Plum- Bill Murray
Mrs. Peacock- Angelica Huston
Col. Mustard- Michael Gambon
Mr. Boddy- Bob Balaban