Spooked by the prospect of being best known for writing direct-to-DVD Disney masterpieces like The Lion King 1 1/2 and Pooh‘s Heffalump Halloween Movie, writer Evan Spiliotopoulos ha taken a high-profile gig scripting Ouiji for Universal. A movie based on a board game? Likely to be bad. A movie based on a board game directed by McG? Spiliotopoulos will probably beg Disney to let him write Mulan 4: Space Mulan after he’s done with Ouija.
Michael Bay and Hasbro execs are producing Ouija, and I assume top-quality storytelling is at the top of their to-do list. Plot details are still murky, though it’s been described as “a four-quadrant supernatural adventure centering around a family.” If there’s one thing movie-goers care about, it’s marketing quadrants. Ghosts care about them too. It’s why when Universal executives were considering the project, they asked the ghosts of film legends past via Ouija board, “does this movie hit all four quadrants?” The ghosts spelled out, “S-T-O-P… R-U-I-N-I-N-G… M-O-V-I-E-S…” (Hollywood Reporter)