‘Ouija 2’ Lands Director and a Leading Actress

Mike Flanagan, who is co-writing the screenplay, also will direct while Annalise Basso has nabbed a lead role.

Mike Flanagan and Annalise Basso are ready to summon spirits.

Flanagan, who is co-writing the script for the horror sequel Ouija 2 with Jeff Howard, has signed on to also direct the film, while Annalise Basso has nabbed one of the female lead roles.

Flanagan is reuniting with Blumhouse, which produced his previous horror film Oculus. Flanagan and Howard also wrote the screenplay for 2014’s Oculus, which starred Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites. It earned $44 million worldwide.

It’s an Oculus reunion all around: Basso, who will star as a young girl grieving the death of her father, is also reuniting with Flanagan and Blumhouse, whom she worked with when she appeared in Oculus as well.

Universal, Blumhouse, Platinum Dunes and Hasbro’s Ouija 2, set for release on Oct. 21, 2016, will again revolve around the ancient spirit board that was at the center of the first film. Ouija, which was made through the Blumhouse microbudget template for $5 million, scared up a huge $102.5 million worldwide after opening in October 2014.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter