Paranormal Activity Team Joins Saw Creators for 'Insidious'
by Ethan Anderton
February 5, 2010
When the people behind two of the most lucrative horror endeavors in the past decade join together, you know damn well people are going to pay attention. Such is the case as Variety reports that the guys behind Paranormal Activity (Oren Peli, Jason Blum and Steven Schneider) will join forces with Saw creators (James Wan and Leigh Whannell) in a five movie deal with Alliance Films (out of Canada) to finance & produce low budget genre films. Their first endeavor is Insidious, which Wan will direct from Whannell's screenplay that takes "a haunted house movie with all the usual conventions and twisted it on its head."
More than excited about the new deal, producer Jason Blum is counting on Paranormal Activity's success to be a model for their deal's future: "Paranormal taught us to do more with less, and this fund embodies that model. We are particularly thrilled to kick off the fun with James and Leigh." On the other side of the fence, Wan explains that he and Whannell were compelled to collaborate with Paranormal's team because "of their passion for genre films and having the creative control to make auteur-driven pictures." I hope this means we're in for more original horror films, much like Saw before it was turned into a shark jumping franchise, and like Paranormal Activity before it was given the unnecessary forthcoming sequel treatment.
We'll keep you posted on Insidious and the other four films coming from this awesome horror collaboration. Let's just hope they don't cross paths with Joss Whedon's new "haunted house" movie Cabin in the Woods.