An animated series based on the classic board game “Clue” is in development at Fox, according to Variety.
Fox Entertainment has partnered with Hasbro’s content studio eOne and Bento Box Entertainment on the series. The three companies are co-producing, and Bento Box will be providing the animation. No writers or producers are attached to the project currently.
Invented by Anthony E. Pratt during World War II to pass time during air raid drills in England, “Clue” was released in 1949. In the game, players must sort through clues to determine which of the guests at a mansion dinner party at a mansion killed their host, Mr. Boddy – Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlett, Mrs. Peacock, Mr. Green and Dr. Orchid. The game has has 324 different potential plots for players to solve and has been exported to more than 30 countries.
“‘Colonel Mustard… In the Conservatory… With the lead pipe.’ By just hearing these colorful phrases alone, you immediately know what they mean – leaving no mystery as to why ‘Clue’ is one of the most beloved board games-turned-IP of all time,” Micheal Thorn, president, entertainment, Fox Entertainment told Variety. “We couldn’t be more excited to develop it as an animated series along with eOne and Bento Box.”
“Clue” was previously adapted into a comedy film of the same name, released in 1985. The cast included Madeline Kahn, Tim Curry, Martin Mull and Christopher Lloyd, and a remake of the film has been in development for years.
“We’re thrilled to team up once again with our great partners at Fox and Bento Box on this exciting new series,” says Pancho Mansfield, president, global scripted programming, eOne. “‘Clue’ is an iconic whodunit property that exudes mystery and intrigue and has fans all over the world. We can’t wait to share our reimagined animated version with audiences.”