Halloween may be over, but the holiday spirit rages on into November with the announcement that the haunted board game "Ouija," previously reported as an adaptation-in-the-making exclusively on MTV, now has some high-profile writing talents locked down for the script. The sudden momentum probably has something to do with that awesome scene in "Paranormal Activity" in which a demon-operated board catches fire.
"Ouija" is reportedly being eyed by the studio as "a supernatural action-adventure movie," with certain elements from the board game — such as "never use it alone, never use it in a graveyard, always say good-bye" — likely to wind up in the film.
Typically, this is the kind of news that is met with an instant head-smack on my part. I'm all for the concept of "Ouija" — several creepy childhood memories of the game stick with me to this very day — but a film version based on the game sounds about as tacky as "Jumanji."
"Wait a minute here, Wigler," cry the masses. "'Jumanji' was awesome, and that movie didn't even have ghosts!"
Good point, readers. There's some potential here for "Ouija," with the specific reliance on the board game making the movie stand out amongst other similar ghost-centric films. With a solid cast and crew lined up — the inclusion of writers Kitsis and Horowitz being the first step in that direction — this could actually be a pretty fun supernatural flick.
For those not in the know, Ouija boards are allegedly used as a communication bridge between the mortal and spirit worlds. A group of friends hold a looking glass-like pointer over the board, and a ghostly spirit then moves it to spell out certain words and sentences. More often than not, it's a very creepy experience. Or some joker with a good poker face.
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