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You can’t keep a board game down. “Ouija”, the movie that was supposed to be based on the Hasbro board game, was originally envisioned as a $100 million dollar family adventure movie to be directed by McG. Turns out Universal wasn’t feeling that. Now it looks like the studio is back on board a “Ouija” movie, though one that doesn’t seem to resemble the pic that was being considered earlier.
Instead, the $100 million dollar fun family adventure movie will now look more like “Paranormal Activity” or “Insidious”, films from producer Jason Blum, who has come onboard “Ouija” with his brand of micro budget supernatural mayhem. (Yes, in Hollywood, $5 million is considered “micro budget”.) Because Blum’s films, like the “Paranormal Activity” franchise and James Wan’s “Insidious” costs so little to make, the return on investment is much higher.
There’s no word yet on the plot of the newly re-envisioned “Ouija”, but it’s expected to look more like “Insidious” than the “Paranormal Activity” movies. That is, no Found Footage nonsense here, but utilizing more traditional filmmaking techniques with, you know, actual competent actors and a finished script and whatnot. Who knew American horror still knew how to do such wacky things?
Original producers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form of Platinum Dunes are kinda/sorta still onboard, but this is Blum’s gig now. The film also doesn’t have a writer or director yet, but Universal is already looking at a 2013 release date.
Via : THR