Dewayne Perkins to Write ‘Clue’ Series, Tim Story EP – Deadline

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EXCLUSIVE: Emmy-nominated writer, comedian and actor Dewayne Perkins (The Amber Ruffin Show) was tapped to write and produce the Fox animated series Index, based on Hasbro’s hugely popular mystery board game. Tim Story has also joined the project and will serve as executive producer with Lynn Barrie for The Story Company. The project, which was set up at Fox for development last year, comes from Bento Box Entertainment, owned by Hasbro and Fox Entertainment, which will serve as the animation studio.

Index brings together Perkins and Story. Perkins co-wrote and stars in Story’s Blackening, which will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. The MRC horror-comedy film, which Perkins co-wrote with Tracy Oliver, was based on Perkins’ Comedy Central viral digital short of the same name.

No details about the anime series’ premise have been revealed beyond the assurance that it “will capture the thrilling and suspenseful dynamic that has made Clue a global sensation for over seven decades.”

Clue, originally called Murder!, was launched in 1949 and invented by Englishman Anthony E. Pratt, who created the game during World War II to pass the time during long air raid exercises. Clue is conceptualized on the murder of Mr. Boddy, the game’s “dinner” host, during which players must unravel various clues to determine who among the six party guests – Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlett, Mrs. Peacock, Mr. Green and Dr. Orchid – committed the crime. Since its debut, Clue has been introduced in over 30 countries, some of which call it Cluedo. The game, which features 324 different storylines for players to solve, was adapted into a movie in 1985 which featured three alternate versions, each with a different ending and has since become a cult classic.

eOne is also producing the live-action feature film adaptation of Index for 20th Century Studios with James Bobin directing, Oren Uziel writing and Ryan Reynolds with his company Maximum Effort Productions producing.

Perkins’ writing/production credits include The Amber Ruffin Show and saved by the bell, NBC Brooklyn nine-nineby Netflix Breaking up with Michelle Wolf and the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It is replaced by APA, Artists First and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.

Story has made ten major studio features, eight of which made their number one box office debuts in opening weekend.Tom & Jerry, Ride Along 2, Think Like A Man Too, Ride Along, Think Like A Man, Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four and Hair salon. His films have grossed over $1 billion at the box office, making him the first black director to make the leap. On the television side, Story was most recently a director and executive producer on ABC. queens. The Story Co. currently produces Rent this at Universal. He is replaced by UTA and Johnson, Shapiro, Slewett & Kole.

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