Universal Resurrecting 'Ouija' Movie with an Eye for a 2013 Release
by Ben Pearson
March 5, 2012
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.
Candy Land for Adam Sandler. Well, scratch that one.
Phydeaux44 on Mar 5, 2012
I once had a Ouija in my house. Just days after I bought it (using it for a halloween prop and wanted to put a motor in it to make it "haunted") I had a string of bad lucks in one week- an electrical fire in my home and a minor car accident. I threw the Ouija board away! If you don't believe this, fine! But I'm not sure if I will see this movie thinking it would bring me bad luck! LOL!
Jedibilly on Mar 5, 2012
There's an indie Ouija movie making the rounds called I Am ZoZo and the teaser freaked me out. It's about a real? demon that's like a Ouija board virus or something. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFIpSq2_iOA
ParanormalFan on Mar 13, 2012
Amusingly enough, Ouija is not some legitimate voodoo weirdness - Parker Brothers have held the copyright to the game from some bloke who had first sold it in like 1890. Even more amusingly, people originally played it as a game - the family would sit around and play it together. But back then the emphasis was on automatic writing, as opposed to bothering Elvis in the afterlife.
Lebowski on Mar 5, 2012
Personally I'm holding out for the trilogy of Barrel of Monkeys, Hungry Hungry Hippo and Tic Tac Toe 3D. If they release that look out LOTRs
Hattori Hanzo on Mar 5, 2012
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