Juliet Snowden and Stiles White (Knowing) have been tapped to rewrite and direct Universal’s low-budget adaptation of the board game Ouija. The project was originally intended as one of Universal’s tent poles based on Hasbro properties, but dumped all of them when it was clear that Battleship was going to sink at the box office. Hasbro was then able to retool the project with a $5 million budget, and Universal picked it back up with Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum on board. Michael Bay will also produce through his Platinum Dunes banner along with partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.
Variety has no details on what Snowden and White are intending for the adaptation beyond a thriller involving the infamous board that supposedly connects to a supernatural dimension that functions like Yahoo! Answers. Universal plans to release the film next year. Ouija will be the directing debut for Snowden and White.