In the mid 1980s, a popular board game inspired a big screen adaptation: Clue.
Called Clue in North America, and Cluedo in the United Kingdom, the board game was created by Waddingtons in 1949. Fast forward to 1985, and the game became a major motion picture.
Directed by Jonathan Lynn, with a screenplay by Jonathan Lynn and John Landis, Clue starred an ensemble of stars including Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Michael McKean, Lesley Ann Warren, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd and Martin Mull.
Each actor portrayed a character in the board game – Professor Plum, Mrs. Peacock, Mrs. White, Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard and Mr. Green and someone has murdered Mr. Boddy.
The board game works like this – each character has the possibility of being the murderer, with a different weapon in a different room in the mansion. The film added in a few supporting characters to advance the story, but it also did something fun: it had three endings.
Landis was the creator of the multiple endings – which were added on at the end of the film for those who stayed past the initial credits. The mixed reviews led the film to be a bust at the box office, but the home video market helped the film make back its $15 million budget.
As one of the many adaptations of the board game, the film may not have been a huge success, but it was another win for the board game, which had become a book, a play and a video game.