Verbinski Gets A Clue, Bezucha Finds His Way
It’s been pretty slow in town lately, but it looks like two directors have found some work despite this economy.
The Pirates franchise director Gore Verbinski has been tapped to direct Clue, the big screen adaptation of the popular board game (as opposed to a remake of the 1985 movie starring Tim Curry, also based on the game). Clue comes as part of Hollywood studios’ ongoing deal with Hasbro that has seen big screen versions of Candyland (with Kevin Lima directing and Etan Cohen writing), Monopoly (with Ridley Scott producing), and Ouija Board (with Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes producing) hit the production slate. The murder-mystery aspect of the game makes it the property most fitting for adaptation, in my opinion (still trying to wrap my head around Monopoly), and it doesn’t hurt that the 1985 version was loads of fun.
Tom Bezucha, most known for directing the better-than-average 2005 family dramedy The Family Stone, has found another project. Bezcucha is attached to direct The Way Back, which has nothing to do with Peter Weir’s Siberian gulag escape film with Colin Farrell. Bezucha’s Way Back is a coming-of-age comedy that follows “a teenage boy who, during one amazing summer, forms an unlikely friendship that gives him the strength to reconnect with his mother and the courage to stand up to his bullying stepfather.” The project had previously been greenlit at Fox Seachlight with Shawn Levy attached to direct, before the WGA strike derailed it and Levy had to leave to begin prepping the Night At The Museum sequel. Levy remains on as a producer.