Ouija is an American horror film directed by Stiles White. It was co-written by Juliet Snowden and Simon Kinberg. The film is released on October 24, 2014.
After a girl dies under mysterious circumstances, her friends decide to try and contact her from beyond the grave using a Ouija Board. Soon after the fateful night, strange incidents begin to occur. It doesn't take long for the friends to realize that a demon is trying to kill them. The friends decide to play the game one more time in hopes of ridding the demon from their lives, but first they have to suffer the demon's scariest assault yet.
- Douglas Smith as Pete
- Olivia Cooke as Laine Morris
- Daren Kagasoff as Trevor
- Matthew Settle as Anthony Morris
- Ana Coto as Sarah Morris
- Bianca A. Santos as Isabelle
- Erin Moriarty
- Shelley Hennig as Debbie
- Vivis Colombetti as Nona
- Robyn Lively as Mrs. Galardi
- Bill Watterson as Diner Manager
- Sierra Heuermann as Doris Zander
Ouija has suffered a long production period, nearly being cancelled on more than one occasion.
In late May of 2008, THR reported that Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Bradley Fuller were producing a film based on Hasbro's board game Ouija. Universal Studios would also be attached. On November 1, 2009 Universal Studios announced that Adam Horowitz and Richard Jeffries would be writing the script for the film. By late 2010, there were three directors in talks with Universal to direct the film: Pierre Morel, Sylvain White, and Scott Stewart. In 2011, it was announced that none of the previous three would be directing and that Joseph "McG" Nichol would be directing. In April of 2011, it was announced that Evan Spiliotopoulos would make final revisions to the script, however, Simon Kinberg was later brought in to additional work. On August 23, 2011, Universal confirmed that they had officially dropped the Hasbro adaptation to develop a more original film. They cited high budget costs as the main reason for scrapping the adaptation.
Throughout late 2011 and 2012, the film's script went through both major and minor revisions. On March 5, 2012, it was confirmed that Universal had brought Hasbro back to film, albeit with a much smaller budget. However, with the original film being scrapped they had lost both a writer and director. Jason Blum was the only returning producer. It was announced on July 16, 2012 that Universal had hired Juliet Snowden and Stiles White to rewrite and direct the film. It was given a preliminary 2013 release date but was later moved to the current date of October 24, 2014.
On July 16, 2014, the poster and first trailer were released.
In December of 2013, Daren Kagasoff was the first person to be added to the film's cast. Later that same month, Douglas Smith and Olivia Cooke were confirmed to be playing the lead roles. A couple of days later, Santos, Moriarty, Coto, and Colombetti were added. Filming was set to begin later that week in Los Angeles.