Universal has pulled the plug on the supernatural action-adventure film “Ouija,” putting the Hasbro game-based project into turnaround.
Studio confirmed the move Wednesday.
“Ouija” was set up under Uni’s 2008 deal with Hasbro, under which it’s completed production of “Battleship,” as well as developing projects based on the Candyland and Stretch Armstrong properties. Studio had started development of projects based on Hasbro’s Monopoly and Clue games but subsequently dropped those.
The original screenplay for “Ouija” was penned by “Lost” writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. McG had been set to direct the family-friendly pic, based on the Hasbro board game that has players conjure spirits from beyond the grave.
Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir of Hasbro are producing with Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.
Universal had gotten far enough along in the development of “Ouija” to have set a release date for Nov. 9, 2012.
Universal decided last month to put Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” series into turnaround, four months after dropping Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “Mountains of Madness.”
Besides “Battleship,” key upcoming big-budget titles for Uni include “47 Ronin,” “R.I.P.D.,” “Safe House” and “Oblivion.”
The “Ouija” news was first reported by Vulture.