After a rather exhaustive search (particularly for a board game movie), Universal Pictures is officially in talks with McG to direct Ouija, an adventure movie based on the Hasbro toy.
The director of such movies as Terminator Salvation and Charlie’s Angels was on the shortlist of names vying for the big-budget flick, according to Deadline, along with Breck Eisner (The Crazies), Sylvian White (The Losers), Scott Stewart (Priest), and, briefly, Pierre Morel (Taken).
Ouija will not take the expect supernatural horror angle — strange consider Michael Bay’s horror house Platinum Dunes is producing — but will follow a more Indiana Jones type journey to discovery. Of what, we’re not quite sure yet. But I’m hoping the arrow points more towards Indy and less to its imitators, like The Mummy (admittedly the first was fun) or the National Treasure franchise. Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Tron: Legacy) wrote the script, which doesn’t inspire much confidence really.
Universal and Hasbro formed a six year pact in February 2008 to produce at least four films from the toy company’s extensive shelves. Peter Berg’s Battleship will be the first out of the gate and the early frontrunner for the 2012 Razzies. McG’s film will be next, already scheduled for November 9, 2012. Then probably Rob Letterman’s Stretch Armstrong starring Taylor Lautner, which sadly is real and not a Twilight fan’s dream casting.
McG recently completed work on the comedy This Means War with Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy, and Chris Pine, which we’re actually excited about with such a great cast. Can McG make us care about a Ouija Board movie?