Ok. Color us speechless. It’s no surprise that a sequel to the smash phenom Paranormal Activity is on its way. The movie made millions and dethroned the Saw franchise as October’s biggest moneymaker.
In retrospect we almost feel bad for Saw VI. Director Kevin Greutert pulled off one hell of a feat by actually getting the flailing franchise back on track with his film. It’s a shame no one went to see it. So with Paranormal Activity 2 officially on the horizon and gearing up to go toe-to-toe with Saw VII, you’ll never guess whom Paramount is putting at the directorial helm for PA2 … Saw VI‘s Kevin Greutert. Told ya this was a doozy!
From the Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision Blog:
“Something’s moving in the Paranormal Activity 2 house.
Paramount has hired screenwriter Michael R. Perry and director Kevin Greutert to create the sequel to 2009’s biggest surprise hit, Paranormal Activity, which scared up $151 million in worldwide grosses in the fall on a shoestring $15,000 budget and a shrewd, opt-in Web marketing campaign.
Significantly, Paramount will unleash it in theaters on the pre-Halloween weekend of October 22, which sets it against that date’s reigning champion in previous years, the next installment in Lionsgate’s Saw series (this year would be “VII”). In a symbolic twist, Greutert made his directorial debut on the sixth Saw film, which grossed just $31 million worldwide, with observers thinking that the franchise may be bleeding dry.
Jason Blum and Oren Peli, who masterminded the first ‘Activity’, are producing the second iteration. Steven Schneider will serve as executive producer.
“These guys get it, and the fans won’t be disappointed,” said Peli of Perry and Greutert’s participation.
Unsurprisingly, the filmmakers are keeping the storyline — as well as the film’s actual title — hidden in the attic.”
You know what? We think Greutert can actually pull this one off. Stay tuned! Things are bound to get even stranger!
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