‘Ouija’ Conjures Up Directing Candidates

The next hot directing job: Ouija, which will follow Battleship as the next Hasbro branded property to move into production at Universal┬ásince the Rob Letterman-directed, Taylor Lautner-attached Stretch Armstrong got pushed back and probably won’t start until 2013. The studio is still talking to directors, but I’ve heard that the three candidates in the mix at the moment are Taken helmer Pierre Morel, The Losers helmer Sylvain White, and Scott Stewart, who just completed the Screen Gems pic Priest. The pic is being produced by Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir along with Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. Universal is planning to get the film into production next summer, for release around Thanksgiving 2012. That will follow on the heels of the Peter Berg-directed Battleship, which opens May 18, 2012. Ouija‘s a big picture, with a budget targeted around $80 million-$100 million. The script is by Tron: Legacy writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. A decision will be made in the next two weeks, because all three of those filmmakers are being courted for other jobs.

Comments (31)

  • I think Jonah Hill would be great as the voice of the Ouija board.

    Comment by Chris Crosby — Wednesday October 27, 2010 @ 2:08pm PDT  
    • Isn’t Ouija public domain can’t anyone do this movie. Wow Universal needs a tentpole and this is gonna be a bonfire of 80 million dollars. They need better producers on that lot cause their execs are a mess.

      Comment by bobbyj — Thursday October 28, 2010 @ 3:05am PDT  
  • seriously, what is taking so long with the Chutes and Ladders Imax 3D i’ve been hearing about?

    Comment by bobweaver — Wednesday October 27, 2010 @ 2:15pm PDT  
    • That is hilarious!

      Comment by Johnny M — Wednesday October 27, 2010 @ 7:34pm PDT  
    • That is freakin’ hilarious!

      Comment by Johnny M — Wednesday October 27, 2010 @ 7:50pm PDT  
    • Or maybe Trivia Pursuit!!!

      Comment by The Truth — Wednesday October 27, 2010 @ 8:17pm PDT  
      • You are joking…but it’s going to happen. Bank on it.

        Comment by Anonymous — Thursday October 28, 2010 @ 10:28am PDT  
  • Yowtch. You think this is a rip off of the indie spirit board movie, The Invited that screend at Shriekfest in ’08? The movie had a solid buzz at the show, not sure if it got released. An 80 million dollar horror film based on the Ouija board? Sounds like they’re bucking for a kids Jumaji kind of film…

    Comment by Hart D. FIsher — Wednesday October 27, 2010 @ 2:26pm PDT  
  • 80-100 mil budget for a movie based on an ouiji?

    lol gimme a break. This is a bad business move. I can see a budget of 20 mil maybe. But 100mil? Get ready to owe a lot of money.

    And why would a director want this pic? This has to make at least 150 for the studio to see any real profits. Just stupid.

    Comment by Me — Wednesday October 27, 2010 @ 2:36pm PDT  

    Comment by sd — Wednesday October 27, 2010 @ 2:40pm PDT  
  • It can’t…I…just…I can’t…

    Comment by writer — Wednesday October 27, 2010 @ 2:45pm PDT  
  • Any word on the Connect Four pitch making the rounds? I understand the sis is pretty sneaky.

    Comment by colinsmith — Wednesday October 27, 2010 @ 2:55pm PDT  
  • awful. just awful.

    Comment by awful — Wednesday October 27, 2010 @ 3:37pm PDT  
  • Just finished my “Quilted Northern” spec.

    It’ll sell. Because it is both SOFT and STRONG.

    Comment by yawn — Wednesday October 27, 2010 @ 3:59pm PDT  
    • that’s funny

      Comment by Anonymous — Wednesday October 27, 2010 @ 8:19pm PDT  
  • If I was a filmmaker, I wouldn’t touch this. Call me superstitious but…you’re not even supposed to have one in your house.

    Comment by jen lewis — Wednesday October 27, 2010 @ 4:03pm PDT  
    • agree. depending on how much the script actually incorporates the use of the board, it sounds like it’s soaked with production curses and bad luck (ex: poltergeist, exorcist, the omen). hey, let’s just hope one of those curses comes early and halts pre-production immediately!

      Comment by lisa — Wednesday October 27, 2010 @ 7:41pm PDT  
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