McG will channel a “Ouija” movie for Universal

By Sean O’Connell The trend of remaking classic board games into bigger-budget Hollywood productions looks to continue in 2011 and beyond.

We’re already bracing ourselves for “Battleship,” directed by Peter Berg (“Hancock,” “Friday Night Lights”). Ridley Scott had been circling a “Monopoly” movie before he got pulled back into the “Alien” realm. “Clue” and “Candyland” are other games looking to make the leap to the big screen (or back to the big screen, in the case of “Clue”).

Beyond that? It seems like a “Ouija” movie in the near future. And this morning, it is being reported that “Charlie’s Angels” and “Terminator Salvation” helmer McG will direct the picture for Universal. THR reports that McG beat out Breck Eisner (“The Crazies”), and will direct from a script by “Tron: Legacy” co-screenwriters Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.

This is interesting, though. Instead of being a straight-up horror, which is what a Ouija board movie would suggest, THR says this story would center around an adventurous family and have more in common with “The Mummy” or the “Indiana Jones” franchise than with “The Ring.”

More on “Ouija” as it develops.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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