According to Deadline, Ouija, the film based on the Hasbro game popular among youth and cult worshipers alike, has three chief candidates vying for the director’s chair: The Losers director Sylvain White, Taken director Pierre Morel (which we reported on here), and Priest helmer Scott Stewart. A winner is suspected to emerge within the next couple weeks.
Ouija is one of three upcoming tentpole films with its origins stemming from a Hasbro product, with Peter Berg’s Battleship – which recently scored Liam Neeson as a Navy admiral – set for a May 18th, 2012 release and Rob Letterman’s Stretch Armstrong – with Taylor Lautner attached to star – likely to go before lenses sometime in 2013. Ouija is penciled in for a Thanksgiving 2012 release. Hasbro and Platinum Dunes will be co-financing the picture with Universal. Info on the Ouija Board and my thoughts on the candidates after the jump.
“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.”
Scribes Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Tron: Legacy) are reportedly conceiving Ouija as an action-adventure, which supports the claim that the budget is in the ballpark of $80-100 million and sheds light on Universal’s shortlist. With Morel possibly taking on a re-adaptation of Dune and Stewart’s Priest in theaters May 13th, 2011, I’m betting their familiarity with setting action in front of a spiritual/sci-fi backdrop puts them ahead of White in the poles. The choice of genre itself seems unorthodox given the subject material and the Paranormal Activity flicks have already covered the ground I would have expected a Ouija movie to, but I’m always game for something fresh.
The question is…does anyone care about a Ouija movie?