McG and Breck Eisner Vie to Direct OUIJA

     December 18, 2010

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Though many have been considered, Universal’s Ouija adaptation is still without a director.  McG (Terminator Salvation) and Breck Eisner (The Crazies) are the latest to vie for the job, having presented their cinematic take on the supernatural board game to Universal executives over the past two weeks.  The studio still has time to be choosy, with a script in place from Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Tron: Legacy).  There is an implicit deadline to pick a director, though, with a set release date of November 9, 2012.

Hit the jump for some background information on the board game and how Universal intends to make it a movie.

For those unaware, here’s a description of how the board game works:

A Ouija board, also known as a spirit board or talking board, is a flat board marked with letters, numbers, and other symbols, supposedly used to communicate with spirits. It uses a planchette (small heart-shaped piece of wood) or movable indicator to indicate the spirit’s message by spelling it out on the board during a séance. The fingers of the séance participants are placed on the planchette, which then moves about the board to spell out messages. [Wikipedia]

According to Heat Vision, the studio hopes Ouija will be a four-quadrant adventure film in the vein of The Mummy and Indiana Jones.  It seemed Pierre Morel (Taken) was in line for the directing gig, but his presentation failed to impress Universal.  Sylvain White (The Losers), Scot Stewart (Legion) and John Moore (Max Payne) likewise gave it their best shot — to no avail.

I can’t say I’m too crestfallen at the loss of any director in this group, nor that a McG-directed Ouija is an enticing prospect.  Of course, maybe McG’s next film, the comedy This Means War, will earn our favor with a pretty great starring cast of Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy, and Chris Pine.

But Eisner?  Hmm.  His The Crazies was released to a better reception than most of its peers.  He would be a very interesting choice for a project whose origin lays out a tough road to credibility.  Eisner is currently attached to remakes of Flash Gordon and Escape from New York.

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