McG will move immediately to Ouija after completing This
Means War, which stars Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy. Interestingly, McG was also briefly attached
to a mega-budget remake of 20,000 Leagues
Under the Sea. As I said, though, it
was only briefly, before his Terminator flick sort of utterly failed to connect – commercially, critically, or with
fans – and it looks like David Fincher will, in all likelihood, make 20,000 Leagues as soon as he’s done with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Universal is producing both Battleship and Ouija in conjunction with the games’ owner, Hasbro, the toy company turned powerhouse responsible for Battleship and the Transformers films. With Ouija, Universal and Hasbro have stuck to the Transformers pedigree, as series director Michael Bay will also produce. Just so we all understand the significance of this team up: the man who gave us Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and the auteur behind Bad Boys II are both driving forces on a film adaptation of a board game.
Can a Ouija board even be considered a game? Isn’t it just moving that little eyepiece over letters for spooky sleepover fun? Is there any competition? Does someone win? These questions, and more, will be left unanswered when Ouija releases on November 9th, 2012.