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Hasbro Won’t Let ‘Ouija’ Die, Hires Writer

Seemingly unable to take no for an answer, Hasbro is
moving forward with the film version of Ouija,
and has hired Marti Noxon to write the script. The news comes just three
months after it was announced that Universal Studios, who originally held the
film’s rights, would be pulling out of the project, paying off a $5 million
penalty fee just to do so.

Noxon could be a good fit for the film, having established
herself as a go-to when it comes to writing pithy scripts with supernatural
twists, her credentials including 23 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and this year’s well-received Fright Night remake. She also did
doctoring work on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,
though the odds of that script ever going into production seem to change with
the weather.

Originally marketed as
a parlor game, the Ouija board is often associated with the occult and its use
in séances. Though horror-focused Platinum Dunes is still signed to the
production, Hasbro will be financing the film and it looks like they’ll be
going in a more family-friendly direction. The Hollywood Reporter has it that
the film will be “a
family adventure in the tone of The
Mummy
 centering on a family who has to deal with otherwordly chaos that is
unleashed.”

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