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Screenwriter Simon Kinberg now playing with OUIJA

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
June 17th, 2011

The LA Times Blog is reporting that screenwriter Simon Kinberg has been hired on by Universal to do a re-write on OUIJA - the film from McG based on the popular mysterious, mystic board game. TRON: LEGACY scribes Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis wrote the first draft.

This is the third film Kinberg will have worked on with McG, including 2006's X-MEN: THE LAST STAND as well as the upcoming rom-com THIS MEANS WAR. The rest of the writer's credits include similar fare such as xXx: STATE OF THE UNION, MR. & MRS. SMITH, and JUMPER. Hey, at least he has one with decent credit to his name with 2009's SHERLOCK HOLMES. That counts for something, I guess.

However, I imagine this project would be a tough angle for any writer. How does one adapt a board game in general, let alone one that simply has the sole purpose of slowly moving from letter to letter as it spells out a sentence supposedly being communicated from beyond the grave? I mean the opening credit sequence writes itself but beyond that, what do you do?

OUIJA joins a growing list of films being based on board game properties including BATTLESHIP, RISK, CANDYLAND, and . One of those isn't real...considering Hollywood's ludicrousy, you may actually have a difficult time figuring out which one.

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