Gore Verbinski to Direct and Produce 'Pyongyang', A Comedy About North Korea

Posted 9:40 PM January 29th, 2013 by Binh Ngo
Gore Verbinski

Gore Verbinski was attached to direct that Clue movie -- you know, the one based on the Hasbro board game -- but since we haven't heard anything since Universal dropped out of the project back in 2011, maybe saner heads prevailed.

The toy company definitely wants to move more board games though, so the movie adaptation is always lurking, threatening to drop when we least expected it, but it seems like Verbinski has moved on.

The next movie he will direct may be Pyongyang, a dark comedy based on Guy Delisle's graphic novel, Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, according to Deadline. The Pursuit Of Happyness's Steve Conrad adapted the screenplay.

Delisle spent two months overseeing production of a French children animation in the enigmatic communist country, and he detailed his observations on this Orwellian society in the graphic novel.

Verbinski is used to working with budgets north of $100 million for his last couple of movies, but for Pyongyang, it may be something more modest since there are no custom trains or wind storms that may damage the sets in this movie.

Speaking of trains, Verbinski's The Lone Ranger is coming to theaters July 3rd. Catch a sneak peek at the trailer that's premiering during CBS's Super Bowl pre-game show here.

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