Screen Junkies » Ouija http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:19:50 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 7 Hasbro Properties Reimagined As Horror Films http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/7-hasbro-properties-reimagined-as-horror-films/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/7-hasbro-properties-reimagined-as-horror-films/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2011 19:43:11 +0000 Noah Griffith http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=233234 It's only a matter of time...

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There are many things that will go down in cinema history.  Citizen Kane, Casablanca, and yes, the epic Hasbro movie deal that now includes Transformers 4 and 5. With the Ouija, Monopoly, and Stretch Armstrong movies in the works, it’s no surprise they’ll soon be scraping the barrel to adapt their other properties.

Seeing how Paranormal Activity 3 was just released today in the heat of the Halloween season, let’s take a look at some other Hasbro properties that could easily be reimagined as horror films.

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Universal Realizes McG’s ‘Ouija’ Is A Dumb Idea http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/universal-realizes-mcgs-ouija-is-a-dumb-idea/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/universal-realizes-mcgs-ouija-is-a-dumb-idea/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2011 17:38:38 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=225739 The studio doesn't want to play anymore.

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McG‘s dreams of somehow turning Ouija into a movie have been dashed. Universal seems to have cooled on the idea of needlessly adapting board games after dropping $2 million on Battleship. Since inking the deal with Hasbro to adapt six of their properties, the studio has dropped plans to adapt “Monopoly,” “Magic: The Gathering,” “Clue,” and have opted to pay the $5 million penalty to not move forward with Ouija. They clearly don’t want to play anymore.

McG is shopping the film around town in the hopes that another studio might pick it up. Paramount, who have had hits with G.I. Joe and Transformers, have already passed. I think it’s best that McG use this film to contact itself. It seems dead. (Vulture)

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It Appears The Ouija Movie Directed By McG Doesn’t Have An Amazing Script http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/it-appears-the-ouija-movie-directed-by-mcg-doesnt-have-an-amazing-script/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/it-appears-the-ouija-movie-directed-by-mcg-doesnt-have-an-amazing-script/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2011 21:38:09 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216532 'Ouija' will serve as a bridge between the world of the living and the world of thin film plots.

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Rejecting the presumption that these sorts of movies write themselves, Universal Studios and director McG have decided that the current iteration of the Ouija script will need some polishing. What they have now isn’t quite up to the standards that are set for films based on board games found at your weird aunt’s house, so Mr. and Mrs. Smith writer Simon Kinberg will be working his magic on the first draft from Tron Legacy scribes Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.

The film is being positioned as a family adventure, which makes me unable to shake the comparisons to Jumanji, another movie predicated on a board game (albeit a fictional one) that tossed obstacles only tangentially related to each other at some kids until it decided to stop.

Or it could follow in the footsteps of Clue and simply defy all movie conventions with a cast of aging cult stars. But something tells me it’s gonna be like Jumanji.

 

 

 

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‘Ouija’ Scares A Writer Into Penning A McG Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ouija-scares-a-writer-into-penning-a-mcg-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ouija-scares-a-writer-into-penning-a-mcg-movie/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:47:21 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=207843 Spooked by the prospect of being best known for writing 'Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie', Evan Spilotopoulos has taken a gig scripting the McG/Michael Bay Ouiji board movie.

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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)

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Director Watch: Gareth Edwards Lands ‘Godzilla’, McG Lands ‘Ouija’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/director-watch-gareth-edwards-lands-godzilla-mcg-lands-ouija/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/director-watch-gareth-edwards-lands-godzilla-mcg-lands-ouija/#comments Wed, 05 Jan 2011 09:18:43 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=14253 Good news for people who love terrifying monsters: McG is back. Oh, and so is Monsters director Gareth Edwards.

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Directors McG and Gareth Edwards

Left: Gareth Edwards - Right: Beelzebub

Good news for people who love terrifying monsters: McG is back. Oh, and so is Monsters director Gareth Edwards.

McG is set to direct Ouija, a film based on the supernatural-themed board game produced by Hasbro. If you think that’s a stupid idea, don’t mention it to Universal Pictures. It’s the studio’s second boardgame-based production, with Battleship already well under way.

If that’s not your style, perhaps Gareth Edwards can interest you in a reboot of the Godzilla franchise. The director is reportedly on board to write and direct the project for Warner Bros.

While these projects might not be the most original in the world, they do allow me to point out that Hollywood is all out of ideas, which marks the 214th time I’ve done so since I began working for ScreenJunkies back in June of 2009. That fact might make it seem like I’m not very original, myself. But as the rapper once said, don’t hate the player, hate the game…the game of Ouija. (Source: Latino Review 1 and 2)

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McG Actually Fighting To Direct ‘Ouija’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mcg-actually-fighting-to-direct-ouija/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mcg-actually-fighting-to-direct-ouija/#comments Mon, 20 Dec 2010 15:32:29 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=12957 File this under "Ugh." McG and Breck Eisner are actually battling it out over who GETS to direct the big screen adaptation of Ouija. That's right. They're both willingly going out for the project.

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"Whatsa matter, Eisner? You too good to wear all denim?"

File this under “Ugh.” McG and Breck Eisner are actually battling it out over who GETS to direct the big screen adaptation of Ouija. That’s right. They’re both willingly going out for the project. And they haven’t been the only directors knocking down the studio doors. Both Sylvain White and Pierre Morel have tried to get their hands on the all-telling planchette. It led them straight to NO.

Let’s remember, Oujia won’t be a horror movie like an intelligent person would assume, but instead a big action-adventure flick not unlike Jumanji. Would McG or Eisner be a better choice for this kind of project? I say give the job to Eisner. I enjoyedThe Crazies and he has some experience directing action, even though it was doing Sahara. Also, he’s not McG. (THR)

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‘Taken’ Director Pierre Morel May As Well Direct Ouija Board Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/taken-director-pierre-morel-may-as-well-direct-ouija-board-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/taken-director-pierre-morel-may-as-well-direct-ouija-board-movie/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 "No. Seriously, do not listen to this thing. I do not have a crush on Cindy Hawkins." I, like most others, reacted poorly when it was announced that Platinum Dunes are making a movie based off Hasbro's Ouija Board. "That's dumb," I thought. "There won't even be any room to work in French martial arts." Oh, how short-sighted I was, friends. Taken director Pierre Morel is on the shortlist to direct the film. That means this will be the ass-kickingest game of Ouija ever played. All I see in my head when I think of this is a child-version of Liam Neeson breaking his older sister's fingers one by one until she admits she moved the planchette. Hopefully, he'll be able to get Neeson himself. You know, if Milton Bradley doesn't have him under retainer. (LA Times)

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"No. Seriously, do not listen to this thing. I do not have a crush on Cindy Hawkins."

I, like most others, reacted poorly when it was announced that Platinum Dunes are making a movie based off Hasbro’s Ouija Board. "That’s dumb," I thought. "There won’t even be any room to work in French martial arts." Oh, how short-sighted I was, friends.

Taken director Pierre Morel is on the shortlist to direct the film. That means this will be the ass-kickingest game of Ouija ever played. All I see in my head when I think of this is a child-version of Liam Neeson breaking his older sister’s fingers one by one until she admits she moved the planchette. Hopefully, he’ll be able to get Neeson himself. You know, if Milton Bradley doesn’t have him under retainer. (LA Times)

 

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‘Ouija’ Movie Will Half-Scare the Crap Out of You http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ouija-movie-will-half-scare-the-crap-out-of-you/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ouija-movie-will-half-scare-the-crap-out-of-you/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Spirits aren't likely to reach out. While promoting A Nightmare on Elm Street, Brad Fuller has been talking up some of his other half-cooked films. For instance, what's the deal with Ouija?"‘Ouija’ isn’t really a horror movie per se, it’s definitely more of a big action-adventure movie along the lines of…I gotta be careful what I compare it to [cough-JUMANJI-cough, cough]. But you know, it’s like a big action-adventure movie. And that script…I’ve read a couple pages of it, it seems good." I have an irrational fear of Ouija boards and ghosts ever since I watched Witchboard in the late 80's. (Note: it was before the Internet existed and my best chance at seeing Tawny Kitaen nude (Note: Tawny Kitaen was once worth seeing nude.).)"There are definitely horror elements, because it’s about Ouija and what happens from an Ouija board, but it’s a much bigger film. I would call it an action-adventure with horror elements."An action-adventure with horror elements. Sounds a lot like driving through Detroit. **clumsy rimshot results in finger jammy** (BloodyDisgusting)

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Spirits aren’t likely to reach out.

While promoting A Nightmare on Elm Street, Brad Fuller has been talking up some of his other half-cooked films. For instance, what’s the deal with Ouija?

"‘Ouija’ isn’t really a horror movie per se, it’s definitely more of a big action-adventure movie along the lines of…I gotta be careful what I compare it to [cough-JUMANJI-cough, cough]. But you know, it’s like a big action-adventure movie. And that script…I’ve read a couple pages of it, it seems good."

I have an irrational fear of Ouija boards and ghosts ever since I watched Witchboard in the late 80′s. (Note: it was before the Internet existed and my best chance at seeing Tawny Kitaen nude (Note: Tawny Kitaen was once worth seeing nude.).)

"There are definitely horror elements, because it’s about Ouija and what happens from an Ouija board, but it’s a much bigger film. I would call it an action-adventure with horror elements."

An action-adventure with horror elements. Sounds a lot like driving through Detroit. **clumsy rimshot results in finger jammy** (BloodyDisgusting)

 

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