The Ouija Board Movie is Getting McG’d

Wednesday, 05 January 2011 14:56 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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The Ouija Board Movie is Getting McG’d

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the dawn of a new day.  The era of the comic book movie is nearing its end, and if Universal has anything to say about it, the age of the board game movie is about to begin.  Specifically, it’s scheduled to start in May 2012 when Battleship, directed by Peter Berg and starring Liam Neeson and Rihanna, will address the urgent public demand for more movies about the U.S. Navy fighting aquatically inclined space aliens. 

Just a few months later, though, Universal will also release Ouija, a family-oriented action adventure centered on the novelty board game.  Up until now, Competition to direct the film, from a script by Edward Kitsis and Sam Horowitz (TRON: Legacy) was down to McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator: Salvation) and Breck Eisner (Sahara, The Crazies), but the brass decided to roll the dice (board game puns!) on the Mr. McGinty. 

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.

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