Kevin Greutert Forced From Paranormal Activity 2 Back to Saw 7
Not too long ago we reported that Saw VI director Kevin Greutert was recruited by Paramount to direct Parnormal Activity 2 for an October 22nd release date to battle directly against Lionsgate's Saw VII (or Saw 3-D). But now Lionsgate has made an epic move in the battle for the Halloween box office throne as Deadline Hollywood reports they have exercised an option (established before the production of Saw VI) to install Greutert as director of Saw VII, blocking him from taking on Paranormal Activity 2. Now the gloves are off and the ball is in Paramount's court to figure out how they're going to remedy this crazy situation.
As much as I enjoyed Paranormal Activity, I'm not excited about a sequel, especially if it's going to become a franchise that they run into the ground like the Saw franchise (and after seeing six of those movies, they've definitely run out of steam). And how long before Paranormal Activity goes 3-D? Probably a year or two, I'm guessing. On top of that, if the Saw franchise keeps going, I don't know if I can handle two unnecessary horror franchise sequels every Halloween. One of these days, Hollywood is going to have a successful movie and not follow it up with a sequel, and, mark my words, that's when the world will end. Thoughts?