Paranormal's Oren Peli Headed to Area 51 for His Next Film
by Alex Billington
October 6, 2009
You may or not may not know that big breakout horror hit Paranormal Activity actually had a writer and director (or at least, Paramount didn't want you to know that when everyone was out seeing it). His name is Oren Peli (you can find his own YouTube page here) and he's already started working on his follow-up to Paranormal, since that actually was shot three years ago in his own home. His follow-up is called Area 51 and is another "found footage" feature like Paranormal or Cloverfield. Based on that title alone, you should know where this one is headed, but if not, we have a brief little plot description that he's put out today.
The Area 51 storyline will center on three teenagers whose curiosity leads them to the legendary and mysterious Area 51 Air Force base deep in the Nevada desert. Area 51 will, like Paranormal Activity employ a "found footage" narrative strategy. Though Peli will enjoy a significantly larger budget than the $11,000 he spent to make Paranormal Activity, he will continue to work with undiscovered actors. "Actually, I'd rather not say anything about Area 51 except that I am very pleased to be working with the same team who have stood by me for the two or three years it took Paranormal Activity to get into theatres," Peli said.
If you enjoyed Paranormal Activity (or were scared by it), then just imagine what Peli will be able to do bringing aliens into the mix. I'm already getting chills thinking about it. What I hope he does, so as to not lose his edge, is only actually have one alien that the teens discover, not a whole group or army of them. What was so effective about Paranormal is that it was one demon and one girl. Same thing here and if done right, it could be very effective, and potentially another huge hit for Peli. In fact, I want to hear nothing about this until a trailer is secretly debuted. This needs to be marketed perfectly again, don't screw it up!