Hey folks, Harry here with more movie news of the day. It seems that McG is directing a Hasbro Boardgame. Not just any board game, but the creepiest, most don't fuck with it, boardgame of all time... OUIJA.
But don't worry, for some absurd reason, OUIJA will not be a scary film about Captain Howdy and his Ouija board. Instead - it seems that the film is set to use OUIJA like the games were used in JUMANJI and ZATHURA. The board game will be a jumping off point for a huge family friendly flick that will absolutely not seem to be appealing to anyone that has actually used a OUIJA board and loved their heroic board's prominent status in EXORCIST - where one could say the board was a jumping off point for a family adventure. Or PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, where the board was definitely a jumping off point for a relationship adventure.
The screenwriting team of Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz have crafted this story, but I have to say - I'm looking forward to seeing what the hell this movie is. The premise of a OUIJA board could very well lead anywhere. With the guys behind LOST & TRON LEGACY writing it, there could be something cool there. Let's just hope McG comes up with something compelling. To give y'all all something to base hope upon, this is being produced by PLATINUM DUNES - the folks behind the recent slate of classic slashers being brought to the screen throughout the 2000s. This is outside their normal stomping grounds, so I find it hard to be overly negative on this - simply because - we don't really know what this is.
We know OUIJA works as a device in singular scenes in quality Horror films, but as a Family Adventure device? I can imagine a GOONIES adventure being driven by a OUIJA board contact with a distant dead relative. But, it has to be a little supernatural... right? The story was broke by a sometimes BNATTER over at /film
If you want to have some fun with this - check out YouTube and do a search for OUIJA. There's a ton of goofy videos incorporating a Ouija Board - including a host of fake trailers that are... Overly dramatic usually. But I sense a lot of promotional fun to be had with this property. So at the very least, we have that going for us.