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Akiva Goldsman Will Not Be Directing Paranormal Activity 2

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March 16, 2010
Source: STYD, Deadline

Akiva Goldsman

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?

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  • Cmurder
    kill me now...
  • Antioch
    hope special effects don't take over the movie
  • People's Champ
    I'm already sick of hearing about this sequel.
  • Al
    does anybody want this? exactly.
  • tra la la la la di da
    I didn't want the first one...
  • Spider94
    Batman Forever was one of the best batman movies next to the Dark Knight,batman and robin was not to bad but just killed it. .....just saying :)
  • paranormal activity sucked ass and so will part 2 if they make it. I hope not
  • Goudos
    Paranormal Activity worked for the same reason the Blair Witch did; rawness, psychological tension, and video-makes-it-real feeling we get from watching it. Haters can hate the hype that surrounded the films after they made money, but they were good scare flicks. However, you can't do it twice. Did the Blair Witch 2 not prove that a squeal would be a bad idea? Any "realness" is gone. The tension is already spent. If you make a standard looking horror film that follows the rules then you make squeals. If you break beyond those limits, then its done. Here is where creativity becomes a handicap.
  • David Banner
    Why do you give "airtime" to Paranormal Activity??? Do you not see it is a piece of crap? Is there something I missed?? Was I wrong in telling my local theatre this is not even a film and they should take it off(they agreed, did so and even gave me a free ticket). Blair Witch was miles better(albit in a theatre on the west side where ppl were crying, vomiting and terified out of their minds :) ) and cannot really be compared with the crapfest PA is. If this was made in filmschool, it would have gotten a failing grade. Jeez! Stop writing about this shitty "movie" !
  • Cineprog
    Paranormal Acitvity was a load of Cheap shit. It would not scare the spots of Cheaters Arse. so am i up for a second one "for get it"

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