If one were to use a Quija board to figure out who will be directing the big budget adaptation of the popular party game, the planchette might illuminate the letters M-C-G. McG, the director of Charlie’s Angels and Terminator Salvation, recently wrapped shooting This Means War with Chris Pine and Tom Hardy and pitched his take on the project to Universal on Friday, according to Heat Vision. He’s up against Breck Eisner, director of The Crazies and Sahara, who presented his take on the Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Lost, TRON: Legacy) scripted film the week prior.
All that’s known about the Platinum Dunes produced film is that it’s not the traditional supernatural take on the Quija board. Instead, it’s a big, adventure movie in the tone of Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean and several directors, such as Sylvain White (The Losers) and Pierre Morel (Taken), have pitched the studio to no avail.
With a November 9, 2012 release date already set in place, chances are a director will be named in the coming weeks. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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This week Universal Pictures got the urge to fill out the company’s calendar for the next couple of years. Yesterday we heard that the studio has dated Judd Apatow’s as-yet-untitled new film for summer 2012. Now there is a flood of new release dates for the studio, for a diverse array of films. Hit the jump for release info for Safe House, The Dark Tower and more. Read More »
Last week there was word that Pierre Morel, the director of District 13, Taken, and From Paris with Love, had been named as “a lead candidate” to helm Universal’s Ouija, based on the Hasbro board game. Now two more filmmakers have entered the mix: Sylvain White, director of Stomp the Yard, The Losers and the DTV effort I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, and Scott Stewart, director of Legion and the upcoming Priest. Read More »
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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In 2008, we heard that Platinum Dunes had the option to make a film based on the classic slumber party and devil-summoning game Ouija Board, with few details beyond the assertion that it wouldn’t be like Jumanji. Now, as the release date approaches for the latest Dunes movie, A Nightmare on Elm Street, producer Brad Fuller is talking about some of the company’s future projects. Among them is Ouija.
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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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Posted on Monday, February 2nd, 2009 by David Chen
For everyone out there who has ever participated in a late-night slumber party, examined the Ouija board game during an intense sharing session, and thought to themselves “This board game could be the basis for a kickass movie,” I have two things to say: 1) What on earth is wrong with you? and 2) Good news! Although we first reported on a Ouija-based film way back in May 2008, Producer Brad Fuller recently informed Sci Fi Wire that he’s very close to hiring a “very high-level” writer to draft a script for Platinum Dunes’ Ouija-themed film. While promoting Friday the 13th, Fuller explained, “I don’t think we’ve closed the deal, so I can’t say, but we’ve got a very high-level writer to write that, and we start writing it, I think, within the month.”
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