New Writer Makes Us Even Less Interested In The Ouija Movie Than We Thought Possible
The McG-directed Ouija Board movie sounds like precisely the kind of intellectually bankrupt idea that would be mocked on Curb Your Enthusiasm or Entourage; while Michael Bay's Transformers movies have at least boasted impressive new technologies, and Peter Berg's upcoming Battleship seems to be aiming for something a little more interesting, the Ouija movie has every appearance of being a straight-up cash grab. Directed by the guy who brought you Terminator: Salvation! With a script from the guys who brought you Tron: Legacy!
Except, believe it or not, the script situation has gotten even more dire. According to THR another writer has been brought on to touch up the script originally from Tron: Legacy writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. That's pretty par for the course, but the writer is Evan Spiliotopoulos, a guy who has made a career writing direct-to-DVD movies you would only inflict on children: Lion King 1 1/2. Pooh's Heffalump Halloween. Oh, and he wrote the Wanted 2 that will probably never get made, which I guess is where they think he's up to the task of penning a would-be blockbuster? I don't want to discount the guy's abilities-- you don't have a long career by being a total moron-- but we've got nothing to go on but his past work, which doesn't give us much to work with.
I really try not to be automatically dismissive of a new project, and work hard to find the good in even the most inane sounding ideas. But really, you need to have at least one of these three things going for you: a talented director, a promising screenwriter, or a halfway decent idea. Ouija so far has none, and I'd rather just pretend it's not happening until the movie actually exists and I can't avoid it any longer.
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