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Universal consults its Ouija board and says GOODBYE to the live-action movie

08.24.2011by:

Universal had been working with producer Michael Bay on a feature film version of the classic board game OUIJA since 2008 but earlier this week finally gave up and put the film into turnaround. Rumors of OUIJA's demise have been floating around for a few months. I first heard rumblings of trouble back in May but at the time, Universal claimed all was well. Not so much as Bay and director McG are taking their project elsewhere, shopping the film to other studios around Hollywood.

As has frequently been the case with projects at Universal that get dropped, the issue seemed to be an ever-expanding budget. Simon Kinberg was recently brought in to do a rewrite that would make the film more family-friendly (think of a JUMANJI-style adventure) but execs weren't satisfied enough with the script to continue moving forward.

As Vulture, who brings us this news, notes, Bay reportedly phoned up his friends at Paramount where he's directed his past three films and inquired about their interest in OUIJA but they too passed on the film.

After a few expensive disappointments, Universal has been taking a closer look at all their upcoming tentpoles and in this year alone has waved goodbye to projects from Oscar-nominated directors Guillermo del Toro (IN THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS) and Ron Howard (THE DARK TOWER). Unfortunately this cost-cutting measure came in too late to stop BATTLESHIP, which is cruising full speed ahead with a budget well over $200 million.

Source: NY Mag

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7:44PM on 08/24/2011

All I know is this....

My Chutes & Ladders movie better still be in the works, cuz I'm dying for the reboot in 3D!!
My Chutes & Ladders movie better still be in the works, cuz I'm dying for the reboot in 3D!!
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6:06PM on 08/24/2011
What?!! I am so bummed out now.I hope Hungry-Hungry Hippos is still on.
What?!! I am so bummed out now.I hope Hungry-Hungry Hippos is still on.
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3:05PM on 08/24/2011
If Mountains of Madness was planned to be R-rated, then I'm a bit more bothered that it got scrapped. Guillermo Del Toro's style suffers a lot with PG-13 boundaries.
If Mountains of Madness was planned to be R-rated, then I'm a bit more bothered that it got scrapped. Guillermo Del Toro's style suffers a lot with PG-13 boundaries.
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12:53PM on 08/24/2011

Battleship...tsk, tsk, tsk

One of those $200 million train wrecks that nobody could have possibly thought was a good idea, but they did it anyway. Rihanna and Brooklyn Decker better have a lesbian love scene, otherwise all will be for naught.
One of those $200 million train wrecks that nobody could have possibly thought was a good idea, but they did it anyway. Rihanna and Brooklyn Decker better have a lesbian love scene, otherwise all will be for naught.
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12:06PM on 08/24/2011
I can't even put into words my feelings on that $200 million being spent on Battleship instead of At the Mountains of Madness.
I can't even put into words my feelings on that $200 million being spent on Battleship instead of At the Mountains of Madness.
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12:57PM on 08/24/2011
There's just no justice in the world.
There's just no justice in the world.
11:00AM on 08/24/2011
Good. No board game-type movies.
Good. No board game-type movies.
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10:25AM on 08/24/2011
Alas, poor Ouija film.

I'm still wondering why they ever thought it was a GOOD idea in the first place...
Alas, poor Ouija film.

I'm still wondering why they ever thought it was a GOOD idea in the first place...
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