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Saw VII 3D vs. Paranormal Activity 2 Rivalry Getting NASTY!

LionsgateHoly cow, have things just gotten really interesting … really fast! Around a week ago we reported that Saw VI director Kevin Greutert was hired to direct Paranormal Activity 2. It was a really unexpected move for sure given the box office rivalry between the two films, but nowhere near as unexpected as tonight’s developments!

In a stunning move, Deadline Hollywood reports that “Saw franchise partners Twisted Pictures and Lionsgate have just exercised an option and installed Saw VI director Kevin Greutert as director of Saw 3D, the seventh volume of the fright series. That blocks Paramount, which had hired Greutert to direct Paranormal Activity 2. Both films are set for release on October 22nd, and the move came after Paramount set that date. Meanwhile Twisted Pictures, which held an option on the director from back when he helmed Saw VI, bumped previously announced Saw 3D director David Hackl, who directed Saw V and who will be assigned another film quickly, sources [say]. Both directors have been involved in the Saw films from the beginning.”

Where does that leave Paramount and Paranormal Activity 2? It’s anyone’s guess, but could there be yet another shocker of an announcement in the pipeline? We shall soon see! Tell us what you think below!

Let the real games begin!

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  • Sirand

    Whatever happens after this clusterfuck, I hope Kevin Greutert escapes ALL sequels and gets the chance to direct a kick-ass original horror film. He’s certainly got the chops for it.

  • LifeMi

    I’d rather see Greutert direct Saw 7 than Hackl, but I agree this was a cowardly move on Lionsgate and Twisted Picture’s part. There’s no question that they’re pissed about PA kicking their asses last October, but the fact is this franchise is falling apart on them. I don’t agree with the massive praise heaped on Saw 6, but it’s unquestionably better than the other sequels (maybe even better than the first one) but that’s not saying a whole hell of a lot. None of the Saw movies have been good. Still, they need to stop wasting time pissing on other projects and try to make a good movie for once.

  • Count Zartro

    Not a fan of the 3D aspect but I’m happy Kevin is back in as director.

    I think he should have been from the start, but wahtever, PA2 will be fine, well, for finding someone, I don’t know if it will be fine as in good.

  • Terminal

    Just spare us and scrap both movies, kay?

  • Cinemascribe

    What really sucks is that Twisted Pictures is pulling this on the man who gave us the best installment of Saw to date (I’m guessing producer Mark “fuck the fans, all that matters is their money, not their opinions” Burg has something to do with this) . Not to mention they shat all over David Hackl, who was by all accounts really excited to direct this next film and has just spent months prepping for it, only to have the project unceremoniously yanked from underneath him two weeks before the shoot begins.

    Two weeks,folks. That means Kevin -who was looking forward (per his blog) to crafting his own take on the PA mythology – is now being contractually forced to assume the directors chair for a sequel on which he has had no input into either the storyline or the production. Although I know he’ll do his best with it (After the legendary camaraderie he built with the Saw fan base while developing the sixth film, there’s no way Kevin would deliberately undermine the series and let everyone down. The guy has way too much class for that) the cold, hard fact is that the studio has set a major stumbling block in front of him with this last minute shake up. It’s a shitty thing to do and NOT how a studio should treat man who has given them 110% over the years (remember that he was also the primary editor on most of the Saw films). Personally, I’d love to see Kevin helm what is being touted as the legitimately final film in the franchise, but not under these circumstances. This is just wrong. Twisted Pictures should be deeply ashamed of their actions here.

  • Cash Bailey

    So two movies that nobody gives the slightest fuck about are at war for… who gives a fuck reason.

    Huh?

    Whatever.

    Moving on…

  • nonserviam03

    Hmm… glad to see him returning for Saw VII, thought Paranormal Activity doesn’t need a sequel and I’m not looking forward to it.

    • Foywonder

      Don’t need a SAW 7 3D either.

      • nonserviam03

        Honestly, I’d much rather see a Saw 7 3D.

        A sequel to PA only makes me think of Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows.

        *shudder*

        • Floydian Trip

          I know it’s old but I hate Saw. I’ve seen them all except for VI but drew the line when the series went to an all time ridiculous low with V. They’re all horrible fucking movies though.

          Who is asking for a PA 2? How about a Trick r’ Treat sequel you fuckers?