Fantastic Fest Reveals Film Market Expansion, Guests & More; Fox Moves On ‘Clue’ Remake

Ahead of the annual event’s 2016 kickoff, Fantastic Fest has announced the first wave of programming and special guests for an expanded Fantastic Market, the festival’s industry program running September 22-25. Fantastic Market will run concurrently with Fantastic Fest 2016 proper which is set for September 22-29 at Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

Transitioning this year from a Latin American-focused genre project market into an industry forum for genre films, the 2016 Fantastic Market starts with a keynote from Blumhouse’s Ryan Turek and Snowfort Pictures’ Travis Stevens. Fantastic Market will also host other talks and panels featuring with special guests including screenwriter and producer Rodo Sayagues (Evil Dead), and SpectreVision founders Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, and CEO Lisa Whalen,

Finally, the projects featured at Fantastic Market 2016 reflect the newly-expanded scope of the event. The initial slate of projects includes: It Waits Below from director Eric Red; Dirt Eaters, from director Chris Nash; Birthday Present (Regalo De Cumpleanos, from directors Christian Cueva and Ricardo Farías; Jairo’s Revenge (La Venganza De Jairo), from director Simón Hernández; El Cucuy, from director Gigi Saul Guerrero; and Zerch, from director J. Xavier Velasco.


Fox has solved the case of who will remake Clue, picking up the rights to the classic whodunnit comedy based on the board game inspired by Agatha Christie in which players solve a parlor murder mystery. The studio will team with Hasbro to make the film, which was originally to come from Universal.

The original film, released in 1985, starred Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn, and Christopher Lloyd and was notable for featuring three different endings which were mixed and matched depending on the theaters in which the film was shown. A flop upon its initial release, it has since become a cult favorite and is frequently cited as one of the decades best films. The remake won’t be a redo of the original movie, but instead will reportedly be a more action-oriented picture. It will be produced by Josh Feldman and overseen for Fox by Daria Cercek. The Tracking Board first reported the news.

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