According to a new report, screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulous is on board to write director McG’s upcoming Ouija board movie. Do you think he consulted with the spirits before agreeing to the gig? :-)

Ouija, which, along with CandylandBattleship, and Monopoly, is one of a handful of upcoming board game-turned-movies, has been described as an action-adventure film with elements of horror. So, is Spiliotopoulous is the right man for the job?

To date, the writer’s track record has been mostly comprised of direct-to-DVD sequels to Disney movies, such as The Lion King 1 1/2, so this will definitely be something different.  As a plot device, the Ouija board offers innumerable narrative opportunities. The question is, which one do you choose?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ouija is going to be a family-oriented film with influences from “The Mummy and Indiana Jones.” A good comparison would probably be Jumanji with Robin Williams (which, incidentally, is an incredibly boring game to play in real life). Objectively speaking, that’s probably a good call.

In order to reap the best return on investment, it’s smart to play to the broadest audience possible. Does that always make for a great movie? No, but that’s Hollywood for you.

I would be interested to learn how much work Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Tron: Legacy) did on the script before the studio switched over to Spiliotopoulous, and how much of their story will wind up in the finished product. More than that, I’m interested in learning what the finished product will look like.

Ouija board as painted by Norman Rockwell

We’ve been fairly critical of the “board games into movies” trend here at Screen Rant, and with good reason. It’s disheartening to see Hollywood executives leach off of recognizable brands for movie ideas rather than investing in unique, original scripts. Still, that doesn’t mean that these movies will be bad by default.

As I mentioned before, there are a lot of narrative possibilities that can come from the Ouija premise. For our sake, let’s hope that McG and Spiliotopoulous come up with an enjoyable popcorn film that the whole family can enjoy.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter