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Watch: First Trailer For Horror 'Ouija' Talks To Dead People

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2014 10:20 AM
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Yes, "Ouija" is a horror movie based on the official board game, which is why Hasbro is listed as one of the production companies. And as with most things cinematically associated with that brand ("G.I. Joe," "Transformers"), the result is pretty efficiently bland as the first trailer suggets.

Guillermo Del Toro's 'Crimson Peak,' 'Pitch Perfect 2' & 'Everest' Set 2015 Dates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 5:56 PM
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Because there aren't enough movies coming in 2015, Universal has announced a brace of new release dates, so get ready to add a handful of new movies to already huge year in movies, along with a few 2014 bows to keep an eye out.

Producer Neal Moritz Planning 'Sleeping Beauty' Comedy; 'Pixels' & 'Ouija' Get Writers

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 17, 2012 6:27 PM
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Revamps of classic fairy tales are like so hot right now, and with Disney hard at work prepping a new twist on the Sleeping Beauty story with the Angelina Jolie-starrer “Maleficent” it should come as no surprise that a rival project has reared its head. Producer Neal Moritz is busy prepping a comedy take on Sleeping Beauty which will presumably be to "Maleficent" what Tarsem’s “Mirror Mirror” was to “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Moritz’s work is usually confined to the action genre, although he does occasionally work on comedies and has most recently overseen “The Bounty Hunter,” “The Change-Up” and “21 Jump Street.” That last credit is probably one that will pique interest, but...yeah, this is still a pretty terrible idea. [THR]

Discuss: After 'Project X,' 'Chronicle' & Universal's $5 Million Retool Of 'Ouija' Is Low-Budget The New Mega-Budget?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 7, 2012 2:58 PM
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After a brutal year at the box office in 2011, with many seemingly sure-fire things underperforming, the studios have been breathing a sigh of relief in 2012 so far. For each of the nine weekends of 2012 so far, takings at U.S. theaters have been significantly higher than the equivalent weekendsin previous years, and two movies, "The Vow" and "Safe House," have already crossed the psychologically vital $100 million barrier, with "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" a dead cert to join them by the end of next weekend.

Universal Scares 'Ouija' Back To Life For 2013 Release, But As A Cheapie $5 Million Movie Instead Of $100 Million Blockbuster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 3:12 PM
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With studios no longer willing to take expensive bets, the name of the game these days has been Return On Investment. Universal spent most of the last year dumping a number of expensive projects, and severing their relationship with Hasbro which spawned the $200 million soggy blockbuster "Battleship." So far in 2012, the studio is batting .500 with two hits -- "Contraband" and "Safe House" -- and two flops in "Big Miracle" and "Wanderlust" (seriously, what is wrong with everyone, this movie is fun). But it seems one project they axed has found it's way back into development.

McG Set To Make 'Puzzle Palace' His Next Film; Says It Has A 'Die Hard' Tone & Would Be "Designed For A Gosling"

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 18, 2012 3:45 PM
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With the release of "This Means War" coming this weekend, director McG is prepared to try something just a bit different. He's been attached to "Puzzle Palace" since late last year, an action script penned by "Safe House" writer David Guggenheim. Development stalled while Summit merged with Lionsgate, but with everything starting to clear up, he's ready to make this thriller his very next film.

'Fright Night' & 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' Scribe Marti Noxon Takes Pen To 'Ouija'

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 30, 2011 12:21 PM
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A little over a week after we sang the praises of screenwriter Marti Noxon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Fright Night,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”), news has come through that she’s gone over to the dark side, working with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes on that adaptation of the “Ouija” board game the world’s been clamoring for. It’s unclear if Noxon has taken on this project due to its “gender politics” potential, but we’d guess it has something to do with that Bay money.

Universal Decides Not To Conjure McG's 'Ouija'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 12:58 PM
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Back in 2008, Universal signed a six year exclusive deal with Hasbro to bring their various properties to the big screen. “Battleship,” “Candyland,” “Monopoly,” “Clue,” "The Gathering," "Magic" and "Stretch Armstrong" were among the titles that were put into development, but it seems the studio is beginning to cool on the whole idea. After dropping an absurd $200 million on "Battleship," they've quietly stepped away from “Monopoly,” “The Gathering,” “Magic” and just a couple weeks ago "Clue," and now one more project has bitten the dust.

Producers Go To Ouija Board To Hire 'Ouija' Director, Come Away With McG

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 5, 2011 3:35 AM
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What's going on at some studios is amazing, and if the directors of the '60s and '70s could see what's happened, they would shit a brick. Filmmakers are no longer being wooed, they're seemingly being plucked based on how their square pegs fit into round holes, with industry heads now using the word "won" to describe a director signing on to a big studio film. Thus, McG has "won" the job directing Universal Pictures' "Ouija."
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Creatures From The Depths Of Hell: McG & Breck Eisner Competing For Director's Chair On 'Ouija'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 20, 2010 2:38 AM
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Spirit, Please Come Forward And Cancel This Movie When it was announced that the second Hasbro property after the gates, following Peter Berg's actioner "Battleship," would be "Ouija," based on the board game that's been succesfully freaking out teenagers for decades, most, including us, assumed it would be some kind of teen horror flick -- after all, the likes of "Drag Me To Hell" and "Long Time Dead" have used the system as a conceit within the horror genre. But Universal have given the film a key tentpole slot, on November 9th, 2012, and we began to suspect that the film might be aiming at more quadrants than simply horror fans. And indeed, that seems to be the case.

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