Akiva Goldsman Will Not Be Directing Paranormal Activity 2
Surely you've heard of Akiva Goldsman for his contributions as a writer on legal thrillers like The Client and A Time to Kill to comic book adaptations like Batman Forever and I Am Legend, as well as adaptations of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code series. However, after directing a couple episodes of "Fringe" and "Kings" it seemed like Goldsman may finally get a feature directorial debut as ShockTillYouDrop reported earlier this morning that he is now the top choice over other people like Brian De Palma and Brad Anderson to sit in the director's chair for Paranormal Activity 2. However, Deadine says it ain't so - Goldsman is producing.
Goldsman has been brought on-board as an executive producer and is helping to flesh out the sequel story with the producing team of Oren Peli (who directed the first), Jason Blum and Steven Schneider. Apparently a director will be chosen imminently. However, more interesting than Goldsman's involvement is something that actor Micah Stout (one of the two main characters in the original film) told MTV where he hints that [SPOILER] despite certain presumably fatal events that transpire in the original, he's be back in the sequel:
"All I can tell you is I'm very excited for the project, it's really cool, it's gonna be really interesting and it's not gonna suck, which most horror sequels… would. This is gonna be good. Well we have money now, but we're staying true to the heart of the movie, to the spirit of it, to the vision. That's all I can say."
The fact that he uses "we" instead of "they" seems to imply that he will return for the sequel, so we'll see. As far as Goldsman's involvement, I've never seen "Kings" but I have seen the episodes of "Fringe" Goldsman directed and he did a phenomenal job with the second season premiere, blending right in to a series that had already established a distinct style, tone and mythology. So if there's anybody who can jump into something like Paranormal Activity and be loyal to what made the original successful and yet add his own filmmaking sensibilities and touches, Goldsman seems like the right guy for the job, even if he's not directing this one.
While he is responsible for Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, I place the blame on Joel Schumacher for turning Batman back into a campy superhero from the 60's and not the dark, dramatic hero that Tim Burton made him into. Hopefully Goldsman, even as a producer, can make this film feel fresh and not like another Blair Witch 2: The Book of Shadows. For now, we're still waiting to hear about the director, but Paramount better find one soon, because they're not going to be able to make an October release otherwise. Thoughts?