Ouija Movie Maintains Legs, Gets ‘Lost’ Writers


And here, you thought this ‘board games into movies’ trend was just a fad, and that once Ridley Scott became of sound mind about Monopoly and moved on to make Robin Hood instead, that it was all just going to go away. Too bad, friends. The folks at Universal Studios and Platinum Dunes, the Michael Bay-led genre label, are still moving the Ouija movie with several sets of hands.

According to THR’s Heat Vision, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, the scribes behind the upcoming rebirth Tron: Legacy and members of the Lost writing team, have signed on to write the script. They come aboard a project being spearheaded by Michael Bay, as well as producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, the gents behind the remakes of Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street.

The film will be a sort of supernatural action-adventure flick, with reports saying that many popular rules of the game — never use it alone, never use it in a graveyard, always say good-bye — possibly figuring into the plot. Of course, there could be more to the story, as the concept of “Ouija” or “spirit” boards has been around for several hundreds of years, and was not acquired and commercialized by Parker Bros. until 1966. I can almost see this film being interesting if they were to go back through the history of the Ouija board and show some sort of generation-spanning supernatural tale. If they’re just going to have some suburban white kids play around with the Parker Bros. game for 90 minutes and have a ghost come and haunt them, then they might just want to call it Paranormal Activity 2 and let Oren Peli make it for $25. Otherwise, show us something interesting, horror-remake dudes.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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