Shelve this one under horrible ideas that should never see the light of day: Platinum Dunes wasn't playing a joke on us for funsies when they said they were going to make an action-adventure movie about Hasbro's Ouija game. Last year, the production outfit asked 'Lost' and 'Tron Legacy' writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz to write the script for the supernatural adventure flick. The feature is being developed in the vein of 'National Treasure' and has the backing of Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir of game manufacturer Hasbro . Now comes news that the Dunes boys are considering 'Taken' director Pierre Morel to helm the whole thing.
The L.A. Times reports that Morel is a "lead candidate" for the position, but also reminds us that the discussions are still in the early stages. Perhaps their source didn't realize that they could have consulted the Ouija on this one -- who would have probably told them it was happier under the guardianship of sleepover party people with orange Cheez Doodle fingers.
Parker Brothers is credited as the first game distributor of the Ouija board but the company was bought out by Hasbro in the early 1990's. In case you've never tried to channel Captain Howdy before, Ouija works something like this: a bunch of people sit around a board that supposedly translates messages from the beyond via a planchette -- powered by the spirits of the dead. As the L.A. Times points out, there isn't much of a backstory when it comes to the game -- but that just means Kitsis and Horowitz can take the tale in any direction they choose. Are they heading the right way so far?