Universal and Gore Verbinski seem to be having a competition to see who can be crazier. Universal fired a big first shot back in 2008 when they signed a seven picture deal with Hasbro to make a whole series of board game movies. They seem to have wised up a bit as to what a ridiculous idea that is, as they’ve already ditched Monopoly and Magic: The Gathering movies, and they’ve now decided to cut ties with an adaptation of the murder mystery game Clue; but a strong case can still be made for their insanity. Mostly because Battleship will be coming out soon and will be the first of their seven picture deal that actually gets released. What would you rather see a movie about, a murder mystery or people blindly guessing as to which points on a grid are “hits”? Yeah, Universal seems to have completely lost their minds.
But wait; there is still a case to be made for Gore Verbinski. First off, he agreed to direct the Clue movie back when it was still with Universal. That’s kind of nuts in itself, because there was already a pretty well regarded Clue film made, and this new one is part of such a soul crushing deal that puts commercialism well before art. But now he’s pushed it a step further by sticking with the project and producing it himself, along with Hasbro, through his own Blind Wink production company. Apparently he’s got some really great ideas for a script that broadens the scope of the traditional murder mystery, and Flash Gordon writers Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama have been brought on to turn them into a script. Putting your name on a board game movie as director is one thing, but now Verbinski will have some money behind it as well. He might just be crazier than Universal.
But no, I’ve decided that Universal wins this competition, and it comes down to two issues. Firstly, Verbinski has already made a good movie out of a theme ride at Disneyland, so he gets a slight benefit of the doubt. And secondly, though Universal has dropped a couple projects, they still intend on making Candy Land, Stretch Armstrong, and Ouija. May the movie gods have mercy on us all.
Source: Deadline Gumdrop Mountains