Whether you like it or not, a movie based on the classic Ouija board is on the way, with a script by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Tron: Legacy) already in place and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes producing.
Universal has been hard at work trying to find a suitable director for the Ouija board movie, with names such as Sylvain White (The Losers), Pierre Morel (Taken), John Moore (Max Payne) and Scott Stewart (Legion) all being attached. Talks with those directors have apparently failed, but now two more directors have landed on Universal’s list: McG and Breck Eisner (The Crazies).
Heat Vision reports that Eisner pitched his take on Ouija a couple of weeks ago, while McG presented his take last Friday. There are no details about what each director has up their sleeve for the adaptation, but Universal will need to pick between them – or find someone else entirely – pretty quickly, considering the film already has a set release date of November 9th, 2012 (that may seem a long ways away but in movie terms it’s not that long).
You might expect a movie based on the Ouija board to be a straight horror film, but Universal has different plans for the adaptation. Word is that the movie will be more of a supernatural adventure centered around a family, and is described as being in the same vein as The Mummy and Indiana Jones franchises. Whoever ends up directing, they will have a reported $80-100 million budget to bring the Ouija board to life on the silver screen.
McG’s films include the divisive Terminator Salvation, the two Charlie’s Angels flicks, the 2006 sports drama We Are Marshall and the forthcoming This Means War (which he just finished shooting in Vancouver). Eisner directed the 2005 action-adventure flick Sahara and the 2009 horror film The Crazies. Choosing between them I would rather Eisner direct Ouija, as he has experience with adventure (Sahara) and horror (The Crazies), the two genres which I’m hoping this film will merge.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant to find out if either McG or Eisner (or someone else entirely) ends up directing Ouija. For now we can discuss the pros and cons of each director taking on this ridiculous adaptation.
As stated, Ouija is set for a November 9th, 2012 release.
Source: Heat Vision