Michael Bay and Hasbro Go Too Far - A Ouija Board Movie!
by Kevin Powers
May 29, 2008
I can understand Transformers. And I can understand G.I. Joe. But Hasbro might just be getting out of control with this latest news. Apparently Michael Bay's production company, Platinum Dunes, is set to make a movie based on the spooky Ouija board game. WTF? Although I suppose some see this as a positive, the film will not take on a "Jumanji-like approach." Obviously, that makes sense considering Platinum Dunes' track record in horror remakes (e.g. Amityville Horror, The Hitcher, Friday the 13th); but I have to admit, Jumanji wasn't half-bad, so taking it in that direction might be more encouraging. Has Habro gone too far this time with a Ouija board movie?!
Some readers may not even recall the popular game, which originally came out in 1966. For those that don't, here's a quick recap: players try to contact spirits/ghosts by placing their fingers on a planchette that mysteriously moves around the board indicating letters and symbols, which theoretically spell out messages from the beyond. I remember having one growing up, but always quickly grew tired of it; unless, of course, I was using it to freak out a friend or sibling.
Considering the game's supernatural angle, I suppose there is some meat here to create a horror movie. But not much. Movies I've seen as of late based on evil games (like that awful Stay Alive movie) always seem to have the same formula: 1) kids discover the game; 2) they discover that it kills; and 3) they continue to use the game in the process of trying to understand how to stop it, killing off everyone in the group except two (because you can't just leave one person). I imagine we can expect something like that here. No writer has been announced, nor a director. We do know that Platinum Dune regulars Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller will produce.
Break out your old Ouija board if you have it and ask if this movie is going to suck!
Reader Feedback - 31 Comments
Hasbro's Marvel-like approach to their "intellectual" property is, obviously, stupid. But if PD makes this PG-13, it's guaranteed some money, right?
Andrew Wickliffe on May 29, 2008
Isn't Ouija a Parker Brothers joint? -Jd
Josh on May 29, 2008
Never you mind, just did some research. Probably should have before I asked. -Jd
Josh on May 29, 2008
Is this going to be a remake of Witchboard, Tawny Kitaen's attempt to leap off the hood of the music video vehicle (literally and figuratively) and onto the big screen?
wetworks on May 29, 2008
Wow! I wish I hadn't just admitted I'd seen that...or even knew it existed.
wetworks on May 29, 2008
I can't wait to see who plays the luberjacks in the Licon lincoln logs movie. And the futuristic sequel... imagine a world where everything is built out of stacking... imagine LEGOS!!! I could go on, and on. I would like to see Voltron, and Thundercats though.
rob on May 29, 2008
Scrabble: The Movie
Scott on May 29, 2008
The scariest movie involving a Ouija was already made. Is Michael Bay deluded enough to think he can top The Exorcist?
Alexis on May 29, 2008
I was also wondering if this is just a remake of Witchboard......
Breebaby on May 29, 2008
How about Candyland?...the staple of children's games...I bet Guillermo Del Toro's interpretation of the gum drop forest would be pretty sick 😉
Matt Peloquin on May 29, 2008
(insert movie announcer voice) COMING THIS SUMMER - AN ACTION DRAMA 25 YEARS IN THE MAKING - JENGA - THE MOVIE! EVERY MOVE COULD BE YOUR LAST!! FALLING EVERYWHERE 2009
Nick on May 29, 2008
There have been far stupider ideas out there. And many of them successful.
Marty Martin on May 29, 2008
The boards "originally" went into production for the wide market in 1901, by William Fuld who called them Ouija boards. There have been several variations of the mystical table & planchette dating back to 540 BC. Parker Brothers bought the franchise from William Fulds Estate in 1966. I hate to be a pain in the ass, but come on, do a little research. Christ I hope at least Michael Bay's company has done theirs.
Scorpio on May 29, 2008
The Powers point to NO on this one...........................
SHANE D on May 29, 2008
Matt Peloquin, That would be AMAZING. I love Candyland.. Guillermo Del Toro, hahaha...
Traveler on May 29, 2008
make a monopoly movie. thats something i might watch, or a flickin clue movie.
darrin on May 29, 2008
I'm waiting for a Sorry! the musical...in 3D...on IMAX
Good Grief! on May 29, 2008
Hey Darrin... Clue already is quite the campy movie starring Tim Curry...check it out.. loads of laughs... though not the greatest cinematic treasure.
Sojourner on May 29, 2008
I'm just waiting for the Chutes and Ladders movie...
Steven Ormsbee on May 29, 2008
Ridley Scott is already working on developing a Monopoly movie. It's referenced in this article posted on IGN which reports on Hasbro optioning out some of their board games for possible movies. Included in the article are references to other games besides Ouija, including some that people have mentioned in their comments above. This includes Candyland, Chutes & Ladders, and a new movie based on Clue. http://movies.ign.com/articles/853/853920p1.html
Jedi on May 29, 2008
Weren't they supposed to make a MONOPOLY movie too? (though that would be FAR worse, at least with this they can focuis more on mysticism then the board)
Ryan on May 29, 2008
Sorry I was just relating some of the info that was in the sama article.
Scorpio on May 29, 2008
I think I remember the original Ouiji board movie where the Ouiji board got destroyed by being shot with a pistol.
Ruby on May 29, 2008
whats next "See and Say" the movie? should be a big hit with the little people.
troy on May 29, 2008
I'm still holding out for "Chess" and/ or "Checkers" now those would be some entertaining films. OOH. WHAT ABOUT MOUSE TRAP? now THERE'S a board game worthy of a film. in case any of you took that seriously..i wasn't serious. thank you.
Garrett.king on May 29, 2008
Hmm this is so odd but hasn't this been a rumour for years? I wonder what kind of direction this would go in. I could be like most everyone else and hate on the idea but years ago I remember thinking how Pirates of the Carribbean would flop so I'll keep my mouth shut for now. 😉
Janet on May 29, 2008
Man next you are going to tell me they are making an Alvin and the Chipmunks movie..or a Garfield movie....or better yet...just wait..they are going to make a Far Side movie..just a bunch of funny scenes loosely based on a comic strip with few reoccuring characters or plots..man Hollywood rocks..
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SupermanOriginal on Nov 29, 2009
how about "hop scotch - the movie"? the motto could be, "look before you hop",or "don't lose your balance - or you might lose your head".... and the kids who hop on the wrong square or lose their balance and tip over end up falling through one of the squares into some nether world and have to find their way out, while their friends looking on outside of the hop scotch "board" perceive them as disappearing through the out lined squares on the ground. and just to make it gory, any kid who falls on the border between two or more squares gets cut in two or more pieces and then the pieces of their bodies fall into the corresponding squares..... be a good, gory horror movie. "you'll never play hop scotch again".... i think rob zombie should make that one.... be interesting to see what he does with it.
qwyzl on May 17, 2010
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