I’m a little surprised to hear a movie based on the Ouiga board is still moving forward after Battleship tanked, but I suppose trimming the budget by $95 million dollars would do the trick. Turning the project into a psychological horror film makes sense considering the genre often makes a nice little profit for studios. Knowing and The Possession screenwriters Juliet Snowden and Stiles White are attached to write and direct the film, and here is what they told STYD about the production:
“It was originally a $100 million movie, now it’s a $5 million movie with us,” Snowden laughed when we congratulated them on the project. “Jason [Blum], Michael [Bay] and the Platinum Dunes guys, Universal and Hasbro – that’s a lot to answer to.
For us, there was that version, but we’ve got Blum on board now, it’s going to be a smaller budget, a more contained idea. We just love the idea, when Juliet was growing up, her older sister had a Ouija board, my grandparents had a Ouija board up on the shelf in the closet, so I remember one – I’m not sure if I ever played with one, I had a healthy sense of caution with it. I love the idea it’s a game, but not really a game. It’s sold as a game because where else can you put it in the store?
Contact spirits with something you find on the shelf at Walmart or Target? That’s where we’re coming from with the story, it’s not just about one board, it’s any board and that’s what makes it scary.
The idea that the board spells out messages – as a psychological horror film, we just felt there was a lot to play with there. We pitched our ideas, we’re currently writing the script right now, the process is moving quickly. Once you get into the writing of it, you’re visualizing it from the get-go when you’re signed on to direct.”
Source : STYD