UPDATE: Ouija is back from the dead. Michael Bay is still producing and the first actor was cast today. In the story, a gruop of teens try to contact their dead friend with a Ouija board but contact a very, very evil spirit. "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" star Daren Kagasoff will play Trevor, who doesn't think trying to connect with the dead friend's spirit is a good idea. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White wrote and will co-direct, they co-wrote The Possession and the Nicolas Cage movie Knowing.
Aug. 25, 2011 - Ouija has been scrapped by Universal, allowing producer Michael Bay to shop the film elsewhere. Fandango reports that he already took it to Paramount (where he's made over $1 billion this year alone with Transformers 3) and they said no. In this case, we can safely assume that it supersucks because Paramount definitely owes Bay one. Universal's original multipicture deal with Hasbro appears to be falling apart with the studio giving the boot (or should we say, the shoe) to Ridley Scott's Monopoly and Gore Verbinski's Clue.
We recommend you read Fandango's article, not that we're too lazy to write it up ourselves, but because the analysis is so insightful that I don't think we could say it any better. To read KidsPickFlicks original skepticism of this toy-to-movie extravaganza, click HERE.
Additionally, it seems that Universal, one of the weaker studios in terms of box office success, may be shoring up their slate in search of an identity. They've recently scrapped other big name projects like a a Ron Howard-directed movie adaptation of Stephen King's "Dark Tower" books and Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's "Mountains of Madness."
April 20, 2011-- McG's Ouija is moving forward or at least shifting positions. Kids' movie writer Evan Spiliotopoulos (Battle for Terra, Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure, Pooh's Heffalump Movie) will make rewrites to the original script from "Lost" scribes Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. While Ouija boards are about summoning spirits to answer questions by sliding a disc over letters which will spell out the answers, which sounds pretty scary, Ouija is intended to be a family film.
Jan. 4, 2010 -- McG (Terminator: Salvation) is in talks to direct the Michael Bay/Platinum Dunes production of Ouija for Universal. The adaptation of Hasbro's freaky ask-the-dead game will be the second film to be made from the Hasbro-Universal deal; the first is the Peter Berg-directed Battleship. The supernatural storyline has been kept quiet but is slated for release on Nov. 12, 2012.