Paramount Moves Paranormal Activity 5 to 2016; Confirms Hansel and Gretel 2
An interesting bit of news regarding Paramount has come our way via The Hollywood Reporter. In an article regarding the studio's presence at CineEurope, it was divulged that Paranormal Activity 5 has been moved to 2016.
The studio also confirmed a sequel to Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters for the same year. The news comes directly from Paramount Pictures International SVP, EMEA Edward Ryan, who dropped the news on CineEurope attendees after a screening of Transformers: Age of Extinction.
This is a BIG delay to say the least for Paranormal Activity fans, but the extra time could be just what the franchise needs to get it right this time after the misfire of Paranormal Activity 4 and the poor showing of the actually good Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. Gregory Plotkin is going to make his directorial debut on Paranormal Activity 5 from a script by Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark (Almanac). He has a long list of credits as an editor or assistant editor on films that include Pleasantville, The Insider, and The Break-Up. He has become more and more involved in the Paranormal Activity found-footage franchises, and now he gets his shot behind the camera.
Both Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are presumably attached to return as Hansel & Gretel, two bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.
Stay tuned for more on both of these, including confirmation of the Paranormal Activity 5 date switch, soon!
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