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McG Nabs 'Ouija' Directing Gig

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Jan 05, 2011 | 6:12am EST

McGSomeone knows how to play the game. Before the Hollywood holiday break got underway, mega producer McG submitted his plans for the upcoming film adaptation of the Ouija board game. Now that they’ve had all that time to stew over his ideas, Universal has chosen him to direct the film over the other contender, Breck Eisner (The Crazies). He’s now in negotiations with the studio.

We don’t have deets on Eisner’s production ideas, but McG’s were pretty solid: a script from the Tron: Legacy scribes with backing from Michael Bay’s production house. Both writers, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz said they wouldn’t want the film to be scary, but rather they hope it will take a tone more akin to the Indiana Jones series.

Other than the fact that a family is supposed to have an adventure thanks to the supernatural powers of the Ouija board, plot details are few and far between. However, just the knowledge of the man calling the shots is enough to give as an idea of what we’re in for. I said before that the Indiana Jones was a tall order, and with McG’s track record, I think it’s safe to say this production will likely be more Jumanji or The Mummy than a cousin of Dr. Jones, but I have no doubt it will be a fun ride.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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