Universal Resurrecting 'Ouija' Movie with an Eye for a 2013 Release
Can't say I saw this one coming. After Universal cut ties with Hasbro, the toy company responsible for movies like Transformers, G.I. Joe, and the upcoming Battleship, I expected all news of board-game-related movies to stop at that studio. After all, it Sony snapped up the rights to Candy Land for Adam Sandler and Stretch Armstrong is now being set up at Relativity (without Taylor Lautner this time). But it seems some budget reworking and a new producer was all Universal needed to move ahead with the Ouija movie, and the once set around $100 million has now been drastically cut all the way down to $5 million. More below!
THR has the report, which lists Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum as a new producer alongside Platinum Dunes founders Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller. Blum produced the Paranormal Activity movies (fitting, considering the first film contains a scene with a Ouija board) and Insidious, so he's no stranger to the constraints of lower budgets. It's his vision that made the studio reconsider this film, and with McG kicked out of the director's chair, it will be interesting to see who they bring on as a replacement. My money is on Paranormal Activity 3 directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who made over $100 million dollars for Paramount on a $5 million budget with their installment in the franchise. Universal has set their newly-imagined Ouija for a 2013 release.