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Ouija

  Tags: Ana Coto, based on game, Bianco Santos, Blumhouse, Douglas Smith, Erin Moriarty, Hasbro, Juliet Snowden, Matthew Settle, Olivia Cooke, Ouija, Platinum Dunes, Stiles White, SUPERNATURAL, Universal Pictures, Vivis Colombetti

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The story centers around a group of friends who use the Ouija board to try to make contact with a recently deceased friend, but end up awakening a dark presence.

CATEGORY
Supernatural

RELEASE DATE
October 24, 2014
February 3, 2015 (DVD)
CURRENT STATUS
In Theaters
LANGUAGE
English
PRODUCED BY
Universal Pictures
Blumhouse 
Platinum Dunes
Hasbro
MPAA RATING
PG-13 "for disturbing violent content frightening horror images, and thematic material."
DIRECTED BY
Juliet Snowden
Stiles White
WRITTEN BY
Juliet Snowden
Stiles White
STARRING
Bianco Santos
Erin Moriarty
Ana Coto
Vivis Colombetti
Olivia Cooke
Douglas Smith
Matthew Settle

PROJECT DETAILS
  • Filmed in Los Angeles.
  • Writers/directors Juliet Snowden and Stiles White had an interview recently where they revealed minor details for what they're aiming for with the project, saying: "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." (8/31/12)
  • Originally invisioned with a budgeted of $100-million, but now it's said to be at an estimated $5-million.
  • The writing duo of Juliet Snowden and Stiles White (duo behind Boogeyman, Knowing, The Possession) will write and direct.
  • Word is that the pic may follow some kind of low-budget, possibly hand-held/found footage-type of formula, mostly due to the fact that the studio brought Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity films) on board to produce.
  • In development since 2008, at one point the project was envisioned as a big-budgeted action-adventure family film, with McG (Charlie's Angels, Terminator Salvation) directing. Apparently McG and the studio couldn't agree on a budget, so he left the project and the rights eventually went from Universal to Paramount and back to Universal, who currently still owns the rights.
  • Based on the Hasbro boardgame with the same name.
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