Ouija trailer

We were just talking about board games being made into movies, and now here’s the trailer for Ouija. The horror film is based on Hasbro’s “spirit board” game, which allows people to interact with spirits via a board marked with letters, numbers, and words like “yes” and “no,” and a small planchette which is “guided” by spirits to spell out statements on the board. And while you may be surprised by this story concept, when someone in the film uses a Ouija board, they get in touch with something that turns out to be dangerous. Watch the Ouija trailer below. Read More »

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Have you ever wondered how the Transformers movies came to be? Or how about the box office failure Battleship, the two G.I. Joe movies, or the upcoming Jem and the Holograms film adaptation? All of these films started as toys owned by the Hasbro toy company.  Business Insider talked with Hasbro Chief Marketing Officer John Frascotti to find out how these toys become movies and I think some of the details are fascinating and humorous.  Find out how toys get made into movies, after the jump.

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Universal Pictures just dated seven major upcoming releases including three in 2015. The biggest titles are Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak, which will hit regular and IMAX theaters October 16, 2015 and Pitch Perfect 2, which’ll be out May 15, 2015. There’s also Baltasar Kormákur‘s star-studded Everest on February 27, 2015 and the Platinum Dunes film Ouija on October 24 of this year. Read about all those and more below. Read More »

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There was a moment when Hollywood seemed to think that turning boardgames into movies was a brilliant idea, but so far we’ve heard about far more failures than successes. Battleship was a notorious disappointment (it did do better overseas than in the US), and after years of development Candyland, Monopoly, and Hungry Hungry Hippos have yet to get off the ground.

Nevertheless, Ouija is still determinedly chugging along, and now it even has the beginnings of a cast. Olivia Cooke (A&E’s Bates Motel), Douglas Smith (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), and Daren Kagasoff (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) have just boarded the picture, which is being produced by low-budget horror master Jason Blum. Get plot details and more after the jump.

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Last year, Universal Pictures decided to ditch its adaptation of the Hasbro game Ouija, and for a time it looked like Paramount would be the one to make the movie. But Paramount couldn’t get it off the ground either, and it was Universal itself who eventually picked it back up this past spring, albeit in a rather different, lower-budget form. An impressive 95% lower, to be more precise: according to reports that came out around that time, the studio had chopped the production budget down from $100 million to just $5 million, or about the cost of Paranormal Activity 3.

And with that new number in mind, the studio has now found just the pair to bring the property to the big screen. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White, the writers behind Knowing and the upcoming The Possession, will write rewrite the script and make their directorial debuts on Ouija. More details after the jump.

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Last August, Universal decided not to move ahead with the film version of Hasbro’s board game Ouija. The film was reportedly a $100 million plus adventure in the mold of Pirates of the Caribbean, produced by Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and directed by McG from a script by Tron: Legacy writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Universal deemed that project too expensive and let it go. Last we heard, a new screenwriter was reworking the property and other studios were being courted.

Monday, Universal revealed they’re back on board with the board game, though it’s now sporting a totally revamped look. Once costing over $100 million, the new version will cost closer to $5 million. I’m not missing a zero. Five million dollars. To help with that, they’ve brought along producer Jason Blum who made hits out of other micro budget films like Paranormal Activity and Insidious. A 2013 release is planned. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Marti Noxon‘s most recent theatrical release, Fright Night, may not have done massive business, but it certainly hasn’t hurt her. In the wake of writing Fright Night the former Buffy writer and showrunner was brought on to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by her Fright Night director Craig Gillespie, before both ended up leading the project.

And now Noxon is rewriting Ouija for Hasbro and Platinum Dunes. Read More »

Universal Says Goodbye To ‘Ouija’

Back in May, a rumor broke on Twitter that Universal was halting pre-viz work and shutting down production on Ouija, the big budget, board game adventure film that was to be directed by McG and written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Inquires to Universal at the time denied this rumor and we didn’t run the story. Turns out that was most likely the final few gasps of breath before the true ending.

Now Vulture is reporting Universal has officially dropped the Hasbro board-game adaptation. McG and producer Michael Bay are free to shop the project around but, according to reports, Paramount has already passed. There’s more after the break. Read More »

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