Jason Bateman In Talks To Direct Ryan Reynolds In New Clue

Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds

by James White |
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Even Jason Bateman seemed surprised when he picked up an Emmy this past weekend for directing episodes of his Netflix crime thriller Ozark. Yet while he's been focused on the show for the last few years, he's now looking to get back into big screen shot-calling, entering talks to direct the Ryan Reynolds-led new version of Clue.

If he does make a deal, Bateman is looking to also work on the script with Reynolds and snatch one of the lead roles for himself. Better known as Cluedo over here, the mystery title where players must figure out the suspect, locale and murder weapon was adapted into a comedy in 1985 that starred Tim Curry and Madeline Kahn.

Universal had been trying to develop a new version without luck for years, while Hasbro snatched the rights back for its Allspark Pictures film division and it landed at Fox (now owned by Disney, of course), with Reynolds agreeing to step aboard as producer and star under his deal with Fox early last year.

His Deadpool collaborators Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese wrote a draft of the Clue script, but it sounds like the main duo will be figuring out their own version.

Bateman will be back producing, directing and starring in Ozark Season 3, which should be on Netflix before the end of the year. Talking of Netflix, Reynolds is part of the cast for the streaming service's action thriller 6 Underground, out in December.

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