Universal Mercifully Passes on Michael Bay and McG's Ouija Board Movie
Good news for movie fans out there with good taste. It appears that all of the disgusted laughter of disbelief that accompanies the ridiculous Battleship trailer whenever it's screened has actually got the attention of Universal Studios.
The planned slate of board game-based movies that the studio was threatening to make is being placed on the back burner. Today Universal officially passed on the planned Ouija Board movie (ironically the only board game actually suited for big screen treatment) and reportedly paid Hasbro $5 million to back out of their development deal that included titles like Clue, Magic: The Gathering, and Ridley Scott’s Monopoly.
Michael Bay and McG were apparently the team behind the Ouija Board movie, which makes perfect sense. For some reason the Bay/McG dream team of flashy excess refuse to let their Ouiji dream die and plan to take it around to other studios looking for buyers. God willing no one else will be willing to scrape the bottom of the barrel and finance the movie. We are talking about Hollywood though, so you never know.
Bill And Ted Star Alex Winter Plans a Napster Documentary
We all know what happened to Keanu Reeves after the Bill And Ted movies struck gold at the box office (and sadly it didn’t involve acting lessons). But Alex Winter, the Bill half of the equation, hasn’t been quite as visible over the years. He’s actually worked primarily as a director for the last decade and has just announced a new documentary about Napster.
Winter initially wrote a screenplay with the intention making a feature film a la The Social Network, but now plans to turn the idea into a documentary. Given that the file sharing program redefined Internet downloading and practically killed the music industry, it’s certainly worthy subject matter for a film.
Winter seems passionate about it as well, telling Deadline, “Napster and the birth of file sharing technology made possible everything from Wikileaks to the iPod to Facebook. It became an expression of youth revolt, and contributed to a complete shift in how information, media and governments work. And it is a fascinating human story, where this 18-year-old kid invents a peer-to-peer file-sharing system, and brings it to the world six months later."
Winter then shouted out “Wyld Stallyns” and then ripped an awesome air guitar lick. Okay, so that last part isn’t true, but wouldn’t it be great if it was?
Ben Affleck to Direct and Star In a First Person Shooter Movie
Ben Affleck has pulled off possibly the most unexpected actor-to-director career shift in history, and you’ve got to give him credit for actually becoming a damn good filmmaker on Gone Baby Gone and The Town. The guy is currently finishing up his next directorial feature, Argo, and has apparently already lined up his next gig after that.
Affleck will be directing Line of Sight, an action movie about an elite commando squad dealing with a global threat (wait, aren’t all action movies about that?). The film will apparently be based largely in the POV of one of the characters and has been scripted by the writer of Halo: Reach for the Xbox. Whether or not it works remains to be seen, but it’s at least a semi-interesting idea of how to shoot an action movie.
Now, if only Affleck could line up an A-list actor to star in the movie to help secure financing. Oh wait, he’s going to star in the movie as well. Never mind. Hopefully Affleck the director and Affleck in the actor don’t get into an ego battle on set. That could get ugly.