Taglines: When you talk to the other side, you never know who will be listening.
In 1967 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by a merciless spirit, the family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
Ouija: Origin of Evil is an upcoming American supernatural horror film directed by Mike Flanagan and written by Flanagan and Jeff Howard. It is the second installment and prequel to the Ouija franchise and stars Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, Doug Jones and Alexis G. Zall. It is released on October 21, 2016 by Universal Studios.
About the Production
Set almost fifty years prior to the first film, in 1967 in Los Angeles, a widowed mother and family fake séance as part of a scam for a living. However, when the family discovers a Ouija gameboard, young Doris attempts to contact her deceased father, but through the game’s seeing eye, sees a dark figure and is suddenly possessed by a malevolent spirit, which leads her family to believe that her so-called “friends” are trying to get through from the underworld and claim her as their own. Desperate for Doris’s normality to return, the family must confront the Ouija and play the game for real, if their life is to ever be the same again.
In January 2015, reports of a sequel were announced. In February 2015, Jason Blum confirmed the film was in development and had no release date. Mike Flanagan will direct and co-write the sequel with his Oculus co-writer Jeff Howard. The film is produced by Michael Bay, Bradley Fuller, Andrew Form, Jason Blum, Brian Goldner, and Stephen Davis.
Annalise Basso was set to star in the sequel. On September 17, 2015, Elizabeth Reaser joined the cast of the film. On September 18, 2015, Henry Thomas and Lulu Wilson signed on to star in the film. On September 21, 2015, more cast was announced which included Parker Mack, Sam Anderson, Kate Siegel, and Doug Jones.
Principal photography on the film began on September 9, 2015, and ended on October 21, 2015.
Post production on the film began on October 31, 2015.
On June 22, 2016, Flanagan debuted the official teaser poster for the film on his Twitter page and the film’s first trailer was released the day after.
For its part, Universal Pictures used its 1963–90 title designed by Universal Title and Optical for MCA Inc. to open and promote the film.
Ouja: Origin of Evil
Directed by: Mike Flanagan
Starring: Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Annalise Basso, Lin Shaye, Doug Jones, Alexis G. Zall, Kate Siegel, Ele Keats, Eve Gordon, Chelsea Gonzalez
Screenplay by: Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard
Production Design by: Patricio M. Farrell
Cinematography by: Michael Fimognari
Film Editing by: Mike Flanagan
Costume Design by: Lynn Falconer
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for disturbing images, terror and thematic elements.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: October 21, 2016