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Sir Antony Jay, who has died aged 86, was one of the two authors behind the influential 1980s BBC government satire Yes Minister and its successor Yes, Prime Minister. It was a broadcasting triumph that not only intrigued and attracted the civil service caste and politicians from Margaret Thatcher downwards, but has echoed around the world – with sales to 84 countries – and reverberated in spin-off books and a successful West End adaptation of Yes, Prime Minister.
The idea of a hapless politician, constantly thwarted, outwitted and occasionally saved by wilier, more devious, civil servants struck a resonant chord among viewers in democracies from Europe to Australia and the Us, and taught viewers valuable, if cynical, lessons about the shortcomings of governments. While it did not make Jay’s fortune – he and his co-author Jonathan Lynn were paid £1,200 an episode »
- Stephen Bates
There's always an exception to a general rule. In the case of "you can't make a great movie out of a board game," the exception is obviously 1985's Clue. Director Jonathan Lynn found a fantastically entertaining way to turn the whodunit murder-mystery guessing game into a movie, and while it didn't become a massive box office hit, good luck finding anyone born in the '80s or early '90s who had cable TV and isn't a big fan. Naturally, as is the case with...
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There's always an exception to a general rule. In the case of 'you can't make a great movie out of a board game,' the exception is obviously 1985's Clue. Director Jonathan Lynn found a fantastically entertaining way to turn the whodunit murder mystery guessing game into a movie, and while it didn't become a massive box office hit, good luck finding anyone born in the '80s or early '90s who had cable TV and isn't a big fan. Naturally, as is the case with all things '80s and pop culture, Clue is now being remade. Or, rather, we should say an earlier attempt to remake it has just gotten new life. Back when Hasbro was betting that Battleship would be a big hit (hey, it was...internationally), they were also lining up a Clue remake at...
- Peter Hall
Way back in 2011, Universal Pictures dropped their long-gestating remake of the 1985 board game adaptation Clue, but we never heard any updates on the project since then. At the time, Gore Verbinski was attached to direct, but the project never found a new home. Until now. 20th Century Fox is joining forces with Hasbro Studios to bring this project back to life!
The Tracking Board reports that Josh Feldman is set to produce through Hasbro Studios, with Ryan Jones overseeing the project for Hasbro and Daria Cercek overseeing the project for 20th Century Fox. When Universal was developing the project, the studio was working from a script by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Gods of Egypt). It isn't know if the writers or director Gore Verbinski are still involved at this point.
This report reveals that 20th Century Fox is seeking to expand the scope of this movie remake, which seems »
Simon Brew Aug 17, 2016
A second movie based on the boardgame Cluedo is on the way…
The 1985 movie adaptation of the game Cluedo – which went by the its American title of Clue – was one of those films infamous for failing to set the box office alight on its original release, but went on to find a sizeable audience afterwards. That’s not a surprise, either: Jonathan Lynn’s movie remains a real treat, with a cast led by the peerless Tim Curry.
Still, it’s remake time. 20th Century Fox has picked up the rights to make further films based on Cluedo, and it has a new movie on the way. Josh Feldman is producing, and the plan this time is tell the story of a ‘worldwide mystery’, this time with ‘action-adventure elements’. Furthermore, if all goes to plan, then expect an ongoing franchise of films.
There had been earlier plans for a new Cluedo movie, »
If you count “Battleship” among your favorite movies of the last few years and are inordinately excited for the upcoming “Ouija” sequel, prepare for good news. The Tracking Board is reporting that 20th Century Fox is remaking “Clue” along with Hasbro, most likely to the dismay of fans of the 1985 adaptation — a cult classic that, whatever its flaws, was certainly ahead of the board-game-adaptation curve.
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Josh Feldman will produce from Hasbro’s end, with Daria Cercek of Fox also onboard; Ryan Jones is serving as executive producer. TB further reports “a desire to move the story out of the parlor and make it a game of ‘worldwide mystery’ with action-adventure elements, potentially setting up a possible franchise that could play well internationally.” Because when you think “Clue,” the phrase that first »
- Michael Nordine
With the holidays in the rearview mirror and winter upon us, we're kicking off 2016 with a new issue of Deadly Magazine that includes special features for the holiday horror film Krampus, the cult classic Clue: The Movie, and more.
The winter issue of Deadly Magazine pays tribute to both the past and present of genre entertainment. Heather Wixson's review of Krampus can be found within its pages, as well as her insightful interview with the film's director, Michael Dougherty.
Wixson also celebrates the 30th anniversary of Clue through informative discussions with director Jonathan Lynn and Miss Scarlet herself, Lesley Ann Warren. Ending the issue on a nostalgic note is Scott Drebit, who takes a loving look back at 1978's The Swarm.
This issue of Deadly Magazine is available to read in its entirety for free. Below, we've included links to read and download our latest issue of Deadly Magazine. »
- Derek Anderson
7 items from 2016
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