Based on all the big deals that were made by studios a few years back, you would think that we’d have been bombarded with board game movies by now. But, aside from Battleship making its debut later this year, not much has ever come from the other board game-related properties as of yet. That trend may start to change based on today’s news that Universal has reconfigured their Ouija movie and put it back on track for a 2013 release. Originally set up as a $100 million production to be directed by McG, Universal balked at the budget and will now move forward with a much more modest $5 million version of the film. It is thought that the change comes in part from the success of low-budget genre efforts like Chronicle and Project X. Even though those films featured no star power, they made back their budgets within a matter of days and I’m sure Universal will count on similar results with Ouija.
One of the producers to come on board for this latest version of the film, Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, might give us an idea of what to expect. He’s the man behind films like Paranormal Activity and Insidious, which gained considerable box office numbers for films of their size. Also along for the ride are Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, along with Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir. I’d say this move makes much more sense than the $100 million extravaganza that was originally planned, and the shoestring budget adds a bit of a curiosity factor as to how the filmmakers will approach the concept. What do you think, does this revamped version of Ouija get you any more interested in the film or is it still a pretty dumb idea?