In the months following the huge box office take of Transformers, it seemed like Hollywood was going action figure and board game crazy. It has been over two years since Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes announced they would be teaming up with Hasbro to bring the board game, Ouija Board, to the big screen for Universal. Lost/Tron: Legacy scribes Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsiswere hired to write a script, a draft which should have been handed in a while ago. And now it looks like the producers are about to attach a director.
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Posted on Sunday, November 1st, 2009 by David Chen
Can I make a confession? I’m not 100% gung-ho about Tron Legacy, as I know other writers and Comic-Con attendees have been. Maybe it’s because Tron wasn’t a huge part of my childhood, or maybe it’s because I was underwhelmed by the footage (or lack thereof) at Comic-Con this year. Either way, what we’ve seen so far hasn’t really tickled my fancy yet, although obviously if the movie (or even the trailer) ends up being completely badass, I’m happy to revise my thoughts.
Nonetheless, Disney is certainly positioning the film as a big earner, and it looks like Platinum Dunes sees something in the writing pair of Adam Horowitz and Richard Jefferies, who wrote Tron Legacy’s screenplay. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision Blog, the two have been tapped by Universal to write Ouija, their forthcoming adaptation of the Ouija board “game.” Yes, this thing is actually happening.
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Thought Slashfilm had let this one get past us, did you? No way! Like a freshly charged cougar stashing away a coveted Von Dutch trucker hat (and an STD) at the mall, we were saving it for the weekend. Platinum Dunes is teaming up with Hasbro to bring the board game, Ouija Board, to so many theaters you won’t escape it! Michael Bay is involved in a producing capacity, so don’t count out day-glo Rasta phantasms with Uzis just yet. Gotta love how the trades are all, “no log line has been announced.” But they partially redeem themselves by reporting that the film will “not be like Jumanji.”
The flick will be the first in Hasbro’s major development deal at Universal, where games like Candy Land and Clue (again) are also being adapted. If there’s slight confusion sloshing against mental reference, this is not a remake of Witchboard; moreover, isn’t it sort of strange how there’s not a definitive Ouija Board movie? A lot of geeks are bemoaning the film already, but the potential for fun brain cell death glazed in Platinum Dunes’ slick aesthetic sits well with me. Others have pointed out that due to Hasbro’s involvement a PG-13 rating is probably in the cards. This is further supported by the attached screenwriter, David Berenbaum (Disney’s The Haunted Mansion, Elf). Unless IMDB is mistaken, Ouija Board would then mark PD’s first non-R outing. Maybe the geeks have a point, but the film is sure to be worthier of a popcorn throw than Prom Night.
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