After a search that’s attracted names like Taken director Pierre Morel and The Crazies director Breck Eisner, it appears that Universal has finally settled upon their director of choice for Ouija: none other than McG.
Deadline reports that McG is no longer just the frontrunner for Ouija, but he’s in active negotiations with the studio to take on the director’s chair. Ouija, which is based on the Hasbro board game that players use to communicate with spirits, is the latest Hasbro-branded property headed into production following on the heels of Peter Berg’s alien-infused Battleship adaptation. Little is known about the specific plot of the film, but screenwriters Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, best known for their work on Lost and TRON Legacy, have discussed the tone in the past.
“Our hope is to really do something that will be surprising to an audience and to tell a story on a big scale that can have both adventure and scares,” they told io9 last year. “When you’re talking about a board that communicates with the dead, there is a chilling aspect to it, and one that we hope to embrace within the story.”
Production on Ouija begins this summer with Universal currently targeting a November 12, 2012 release date.
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