Paramount's Top Contenders to Direct Paranormal Activity 2
I got to give it to Paramount, they turned Paranormal Activity into a worldwide phenomenon. It's not just a success either, because that doesn't describe how huge this movie has become. Sure, it could be a marketing trick, but I'm impressed that so many filmmakers and industry folk have come to embrace the movie, from Steven Spielberg to, as we just found out, Brian De Palma. But now they're making a sequel. When they tried to get Saw VI director Kevin Greutert to direct it (to compete directly with Saw VII), Lionsgate forced him to return. So who are they looking at instead to direct Paranormal Activity 2 in six months time?
The LA Times says that they currently have three top contenders: Brian De Palma, the veteran director of everything from Carrie to Scarface to The Untouchables to Mission: Impossible to The Black Dahlia; Brad Anderson, director of The Machinist and Transsiberian; and Greg McLean, director of horror films Wolf Creek and Rogue. The latter two seem like reasonable choices, but De Palma? You've got to be kidding me! De Palma is certainly a talented director, but I don't think there's anything he can bring to this sequel (that shouldn't even be made to begin with). At least that's how I feel about De Palma's potential involvement.
Even though Paramount wants Paranormal Activity 2 out in theaters on October 22nd this year - 239 days from today - apparently the screenplay is still being finished. And, well, they still don't have a director even though the movie is due out in six months. Whoever gets hired will be under quite a bit of pressure, not only to deliver on time, but to deliver a sequel that lives up to the original and can make them as much money as the first one (which is pretty much impossible since it made a astonishing $108 million). I'm predicting now that it's going to fail no matter which of these three they decide to hire, but we'll wait and see what happens.
Interestingly, LA Times mentions that Paramount considered hiring Akiva Goldsman, the producer/writer best known for writing The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and I Am Legend, but hasn't actually directed a feature film. "He won't direct the film in the end, but the fact that Paramount and the movie's producers were considering him suggests they want to give the film a different kind of gloss than the no-budget, unknown-driven first picture." I think that "different kind of gloss" already sounds like the kind I don't want to see. I just can't get behind this sequel at all and the more we hear about it, the worse it gets. This is going to be like the Blair Witch sequel all over again. Do any of these directors sound like a good choice?