Shock Till You Drop has learned that the first teaser trailer for Paranormal Activity 2 will be attached to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which hits theaters next week — on Wednesday, June 30th 2010.
Tod ‘Kip’ Williams (The Door in the Floor) is directing the movie, and shooting began recently. The script is by Michael Perry. Oren Peli is producing; Akiva Goldsman is executive producer. Paramount Pictures has yet to confirm any cast members, although we expect the film to consist of mostly unknowns. The film is set to hit theaters on October 22nd 2010.
Briefly: Well, it’s not quite Brian De Palma, but it’s also not Akiva Goldsman. And did we really think that Paramount was going to a big-name director for this quickie sequel to Paranormal Activity? So: Tod ‘Kip’ Williams (The Door in the Floor) will direct Paranormal Activity 2.
The hire was announced on the film’s official website (via STYD) with a note from Oren Peli, who directed the first film.The script is by Michael Perry. Oren Peli is producing; Akiva Goldsman is executive producer.
“We are thrilled to have Kip working with us,” Peli says. “He is the guy we want at the helm, because he knows exactly what we want to deliver to the fans…and I can’t wait to be a part of what he’s putting together. I don’t want to spoil the story but I promise it’ll surprise you.”
UPDATE: Deadline says that Goldsman is onboard as executive producer, not director. The site says he’s helping shape the story in advance of the May shoot date. Original article follows.
The creation of Paranormal Activity 2 has been a fairly odd process. Paramount had hired Saw VI director Kevin Geutert to helm the film on a fairly short schedule, then Lionsgate exercised a clause in his contract to call him back to make the latest (and perhaps last) film in the Saw series. Paramount has been looking for a new director and now there’s word that they may have settled on a surprising name: A Beautiful Mind and I Am Legend screenwriter Akiva Goldsman. Read More »
The quick-turnaround required to get another Paranormal Activity into cinemas this Halloween, and possibly kill the Saw franchise once and for all, will mean that Paramount will have to get production up and running very soon indeed.
You probably recall that Saw almuni Kevin Greutert was given the helm before a little contractual black magic from Lionsgate saw those plans dashed. Who then, might Paramount have in the frame for this eight-month wonder now?
It’s an astonishing shortlist. As well as Session 9‘s Brad Anderson and Wolf Creek‘s Greg McLean, the studio are reportedly also sizing up none other than Brian De Palma. Blimey.
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Here’s a quick precis of what we told you so far, then a zinger of a punchline.
Paramount offered the Paranormal Activity 2 directing gig to Saw 6 helmsman Kevin Greutert. As an underhand measure, Lionsgate have exercised their option on the director and obliged him to direct Saw 3D instead. The two films are currently slotted in for the same release date, and the Paranormal sequel would appear to be without a director.
So, how does Greutert feel about this? His first response was relatively polite:
I’m in the middle of something really terrible right now, as anyone who has come to this site probably knows. While I fight for justice in this, the important thing is to avoid giving in to hatred and anger, because these emotions are life killers. Hopefully we will all arrive at an amicable solution. Thank you to everyone who is working with me on this.
His second, less so. It follows after the break.
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UPDATE: As one might expect, Kevin Greutert isn’t happy about this move. Check out his response at the end of the article.
This is a crazy development that, if true, sounds like stereotypical Hollywood business and absolutely terrible PR. A report has it that Lionsgate, irked by the fact that Paramount hired long-time Saw editor and recent Saw VI director Kevin Greutert to direct Paranormal Activity 2, has exercised an option on the filmmaker and will oblige him to direct Saw 3D. That’s right — the studio is, in essence, forcing Greutert to make the seventh Saw film so that he can’t help Paramount with the rival Paranormal Activity franchise. Read More »
With Paranormal Activity, the comparisons to The Blair Witch Project films just keep on coming. Like Blair Witch, 2009’s Little Film That Could was made on a shoestring budget and cleverly marketed into mega-success. Now, Paramount has hired a writer and director for the film currently called Paranormal Activity 2. Just as when Artisan made the Blair Witch sequel, the studio is keeping original Paranormal creators Jason Blum and Oren Peli on the payroll as producers, but is giving the reigns to different talent. In this case, said talent happens to be screenwriter Michael R. Perry and director Kevin Greutert, the latter of which you may recall directed the most recent Saw film. Read More »
Update: In our box office report below, we mentioned the lack of official sequel plans for Paranormal Activity. Well, Paramount has now released a statement from Chairman Brad Grey via LAT: “We have the rights on a worldwide basis to do Paranormal 2 and we’re looking to see if that makes some sense.” The word ‘some’ has possibly never been needed less in a sentence. Paranormal Activity‘s boffo, record-setting box office is discussed below. We’ll update on the sequel when and if more details come in. In the meantime, what direction should a sequel take?
It had to happen later than sooner: this weekend Lionsgate‘s Saw franchise took a significant tumble with Saw VI opening to a mere $14.8 million from 3,000 theaters, the lowest opening since 2004’s Saw ($18.2m). The prognosis for the grisly torture series might be gloomier if not for its showdown with Paranormal Activity, the year’s biggest movie phenomenon (no small feat), which haunted the top spot after months of escalating buzz with $22 million. That means it’s up two millie over last weekend, while still playing in less than 2,000 theaters. Not only are number-crunchers getting wet over the idea that this indie pick-up from Paramount, budgeted at $13,000 (yeah, thousand), might gross $100 million domestic, but it’s on track to become the most profitable release in the mountainous studio’s history. Word from the clown is: Executives are filming themselves asleep with permagrins, splayed out on beds covered in dollars gold bars.
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