Jason Bateman in Game Night
Jason Bateman in Game Night

Jason Bateman has entered talks to direct, co-write, and possibly also costar in Ryan Reynolds’ Clue movie.

According to Deadline, Bateman and Reynolds will partner together on the script, with the latter producing the film through his Maximum Effort studio and Hasbro’s AllSpark Pictures division. Deadpool co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were previously reported to be writing the script.

Sunday’s Emmys saw Bateman win Best Directing in a Drama Series for the “Reparations” episode of Netflix’s Ozark.

Bateman is coming off an Emmy win for directing an episode of his popular Netflix crime series Ozark this past Sunday, and received additional nods for Lead Actor and Drama at the ceremony. He’s already directed more than a half-dozen episodes of Ozark, in fact, along with episodes of several other TV shows (like Arrested Development), and a pair of critically praised films in the forms of Bad Words and The Family Fang. Both of those movies were rated R and, like much of Bateman’s output as an actor, fell on the darker side of the comedy spectrum.

A murder-mystery board game in which players much deduce which of six suspects killed their host, Mr. Boddy, in his elaborate manor (not to mention, in which room and with what item), Clue has been a must-have among board game aficionados since it was introduced in 1949. It eventually made the jump to the big screen in 1985, with Jonathan Lynn directing a cast led by Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, and Christopher Lloyd.

Few details about Reynolds’ Clue reboot are known, and there’s currently no set release date.

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