Universal Pictures has set a release date for the next installment to the Ouija franchise, this one called “Ouija Origin of Evil”. The follow-up thriller is scheduled to hit theaters on October 21, 2016.

The supernatural thriller will introduce a few new faces to the cast, with Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Doug Jones, Parker Mack, Sam Anderson, Kate Siegel, Annalise Basso and Lulu Wilson starring in the film.

This new installment was written and directed by Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard was also a co-writer on the script. The film itself was produced by Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Jason Blum, Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis.

In the studio’s announcement the company teases the film saying, “It was never just a game.” Universal is hoping that fans of the original hit will want dive into the lore of the spirit board for this new project. Ouija: Origin of Evil tells a terrifying new tale as the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit that opened at number one when it was released.

The film takes place in 1965 Los Angeles, where a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home.  When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
Ouija: Origin of Evil is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Purge series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series), alongside Hasbro’s Brian Goldner (Transformers and G.I. Joe series) and Stephen Davis (Ouija). 

The original film was yet another huge hit for Universal Pictures, a studio that has seen tremendous success turning moderately budget thrillers into blockbusters. The 2014 film ended up with almost $51M at the box-office. That film was directed by Stiles White, working off a script that he had written with Juliet Snowden. The first film starred Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto and Daren Kagasoff.