Alongside what seems like every second toy or board game on the shelf, a Ouija board movie is apparently on its way to the big screen. Over time, Michael Bay (or at least his company, Platinum Dunes) has been attached to the project, which did give it some legitimacy. But for some reason I never thought they would go ahead and make one. Well I was wrong.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision Blog, not only is Michael Bay going to be producing Ouija through Platinum Dunes (who were responsible for horror remakes such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th and the upcoming A Nightmare on Elm Street, FYI) alongside Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, but they have signed writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Tron Legacy, Lost) to pen the script. Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir will also produce.
So how do you shape a movie based on a board that can supposedly allow you to communicate with the dead? Well, apparently the film is being looked at as a “supernatural action-adventure,” with word that some of the rules of the game (and yes, it is a game) – such as never use it alone, never use it in a graveyard, and always say goodbye – will be incorporated into the plot.
So it’s a harder-edged Jumanji, then? Sounds like it to me…
I must be honest in saying that I’m not really looking forward to a movie based on the Ouija board, but the attachment of writer Kitsis and Horowitz gives it a bit more credibility than it would otherwise have. On top of writing the upcoming and very cool looking Tron Legacy (the jury’s still out on that one until it comes out), they’re also the writers/exec producers of my favorite TV show, Lost. I know, I know, it’s probably biased to look forward to something based on a totally separate entity just because I’m a fan of two writers, but I can’t help my honest reaction.
I suppose that of the slew of toy and board game movies in the works, Ouija has the most potential of all of them. Compared to Monopoly and View-Master – adaptations I just can’t see ever working as movies – Ouija has all the potential in the world.
What do you think of the writers hired for the Ouija board adaptation? Do you think there’s any way this can work as a movie?
No word on when Ouija will hit theaters, but if writers have been hired I guess it won’t be long until a date is set.