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The classic mystery board game ‘Clue’ is becoming an animated TV series

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Deseret News

Fox is turning “Clue,” the popular murder-mystery board game, into an animated series.

According to Variety, the new series will be co-produced by Fox Entertainment, eOne and Bento Box Entertainment (the animation studio behind recent hits like “Bob’s Burgers”).

“We’re thrilled to team up once again with our great partners at Fox and also work with Bento Box on this exciting new series,” Pancho Mansfield, eOne’s president of global scripted programming, said in a statement, Deadline reported. “‘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.”

Gizmodo reports that it is still unclear who the show’s target audience is intended to be, and there’s no word on who will produce the series or what channel (or streaming service) it will land on. All we know right now is that the series will embody “the thrilling and suspenseful dynamics that have made ‘Clue’ a global sensation for more than seven decades,” according to the press release cited in Deadline.

“‘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,” Michael Thorn, president of entertainment of Fox Entertainment stated in the release (via Deadline). “We couldn’t be more excited to develop it as an animated series.”

Variety reports that the new series is not the first screen adaptation of the classic board game. In 1985, the game was adapted into a feature film with a cast of comedy icons like Tim Curry, Martin Mull, Christopher Lloyd and Madeline Kahn. According to the site, a remake of the now cult classic film has been in development for years.

“Clue” is the second TV project based on a board game to be announced in the past year, Deadline reports. According to the site, a series based on the strategy game “Risk” is also in development with Beau Willimon (the creator of Netflix’s “House of Cards”) shepherding the project.

You can learn all about the history of “Clue” in this explainer that the Deseret News published in June 2020: