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EXCLUSIVE: McG, Breck Eisner Vying to Direct Universal's 'Ouija'

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Universal execs have some homework over the holidays: picking a director for Ouija, the studio's planned film adaptation of the classic Hasbro board game about conjuring up spirits of the dead.

Director McG on Friday afternoon presented to Universal execs his vision for the project, which has a script by Tron Legacy writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and is being produced by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes.

McG, who is back in town after wrapping Fox's This Means War in Vancouver, is vying for the gig against The Crazies director Breck Eisner, who pitched his take on the material the previous week.

Not much is known about the plot of Ouija, although it's described as a four-quadrant supernatural adventure centering around a family, with influences from The Mummy and Indiana Jones (Dear Universal: Heat Vision kindly requests you to skew more towards Mummy than Mummy 3, more Raiders of the Lost Ark and less Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Thank you.)

Finding a director for Ouija hasn’t been easy. In recent weeks, helmers Sylvain White (The Losers) and Pierre Morel (Taken) have made presentations that didn't impress. Scot Stewart (Legion) and John Moore (Max Payne) also failed to land the gig after talks.

It's not crunch time quite yet, but Universal has set a November 9, 2012 release date, so execs need to conjure up a director pretty soon.