Posted by Paul Williams
In this summer of '80s revivalism (see "Kid, Karate" and "Team, A"), there's an overlooked gem from that decade that is getting its own makeover soon.
That's right, "Clue," possibly the best movie ever based on a board game, featuring a cameo by a Go-Go.
I'm not suggesting "Clue" is high art, but it is fun, silly and rewatchable. Its cast of comic actors toss off rapid-fire jokes with superb, professional timing.
Director Gore Verbinski ("The Ring," "Pirates of the Caribbean") has signed on for a remake, set to come out in 2011. Knowing how Hollywood works, I'll be glad if it doesn't end up being a "Saw"-style slasher film, starring Miley Cyrus as Col. Mustard.
Still, I'd like to offer some casting suggestions, Mr. Verbinski.
Original: Tim Curry
New: Michael Sheen
Why: Because Michael Sheen was born to play a comedic British butler at some point in his life.
Original: Eileen Brennan
New: Lauren Graham
Why: Graham is perhaps a little young for the part, but she showed on "Gilmore Girls" that she can do the nervous, fast-talking, charmingly goofy thing as well as any actress.
Original: Madeline Kahn
New: Portia de Rossi
Why: The frequently widowed Mrs. White would be ably played by de Rossi, who has made a very funny career out of portraying self-involved maneaters.
Original: Christopher Lloyd
New: Sam Rockwell
Why: Because Plum is a slimy psychologist who sleeps with his patients. And no one does slimy like Sam Rockwell.
Original: Michael McKean
New: Jason Bateman
Why: Because pairing him with de Rossi might be as close to an "Arrested Development" movie as we get any time soon.
Original: Leslie Ann Warren
New: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Why: She would nail the wry one-liners of the jaded madam.
What do you think? Leave your suggestions for the above (as well as Mr. Boddy and Yvette) in the comments below.
Paul Williams is a producer for The Washington Post. He is available to play the part of "The Motorist."
| July 1, 2010; 2:05 PM ET
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