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Breck Eisner and McG up for Ouija Board film director’s chair

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
December 20th, 2010

With their last writing gig, TRON: LEGACY, taking the top spot at this week’s box office, apparently Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz have seen the hunt for a director of their next film, the long talked-about Ouija Board film, slim down.

And it’s not an impressive pair of filmmakers.

Heat Vision is reporting that, while names like Pierre Morel and Sylvain White have previously been attached to the project, it is now a battle between Breck Eisner (who last helmed THE CRAZIES) and McG.

Apparently, both filmmakers have made pitches to Universal regarding the project, along with executives from Platinum Dunes, where the film will be produced. A decision is set to be made over the holiday. The report also reveals that while it was originally rumored to be a horror film, it’s instead going to be a “four quadrant supernatural adventure,” with a focus on a family, drawing comparisons to films like THE MUMMY and INDIANA JONES.

Personally, while I actually think creating a film around something that lacks any inherent narrative can prove to be far more interesting conceptually than adapting a dead franchise like 21 Jump Street, this just sounds dreadful. Eisner has definitely improved since SAHARA, but with McG likely the frontrunner, I can’t help but think that seeing the names McG and Michael Bay on the same film will tell you what type of project this is.

What do you think?

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