We were not fans of Blumhouse horror Ouija, not at all, so the news that the creative team behind the excellent Oculus has signed on to writer and direct leaves us with some confused feelings.
THR reports that Mike Flanagan (also the director of Absentia) and his Oculus and Before I Wake co-writer Jeff Howard have signed on, with Flanagan directing and co-writing with Howard.
The lead role has also been taken by Oculus star Annalise Basso, who was superb as the young Karen Gillan in that film. She’ll play “a young girl grieving the death of her father.”
So, interesting news. We were hoping that Flanagan’s adaptation of the incredibly tense Stephen King novel Gerald’s Game would be the next movie on his slate, but his and Howard’s involvement has made us a lot more interested in Ouija 2 than we were previously.
Ouija starred Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) as a high schooler who foolishly uses a Ouija board in an attempt to conjure the spirit of her dead friend, only to let some evil spirits into our world instead. It was a massive hit for Blumhouse, making more than $100 million worldwide from the usual microbudget.
Flanagan and Howard’s latest effort is Before I Wake, starring Thomas Jane and Kate Bosworth as a couple whose child’s dreams are becoming reality. That one’s set for a 25 September release in the US, with no UK release date in sight.
What do you think? Does the talent involved in Ouija 2 make you more excited for the movie, or are you still sceptical? Or did you like the first one?