Saw VI Director for Paranormal Activity 2, In Theaters October
This explains everything (I'll get to that below)! Heat Vision is reporting that Paramount is moving forward with a sequel to last year's record-breaking, infamous horror movie Paranormal Activity. Even though it premiered at Screamfest in 2007, Paramount didn't bring this to theaters until last September, eventually earning an impressive $108 million on a movie that only cost $15,000 to make. Well, now they've gone and done the unthinkable. Paramount has hired Saw VI director Kevin Greutert and "The Dead Zone" writer Michael R. Perry to direct and write (respectively) the sequel - titled Paranormal Activity 2. But, why?!
Paramount has already set an October 22nd release date for the sequel this year, which puts it in direct competition with the upcoming Saw VII in 3D. I truly hope this isn't a sign that they're considering turning this into a franchise and putting out a new Paranormal Activity movie every year on Halloween (to replace the dying Saw series). Oren Peli, who directed the original, and Jason Blum, who produced the original, will both return as producers, so at least they're still involved with this. "These guys get it, and the fans won't be disappointed," said Peli of this news about Greutert and Perry today. I certainly hope that's the case!
So let me explain why this all makes sense. First, it's very odd to see a major studio buy an indie film, it's usually smaller distributors that buy them (like Focus Features, Fox Searchlight). Initially I was wondering why they'd even buy this film. Well now we know - they wanted to turn it into a franchise. Remakes, sequels, there's so much potential. Another reason I knew a sequel was coming? Different endings. Peli originally shot two different endings to the movie when it premiered in 2007. But once Paramount bought it, they gave them the money to shoot a third (which is the ending you saw if you saw Paranormal last year). But why?
Spoilers! In the new ending, the girl survives and leaps at the camera in the last shot. Then it shows text that says "her whereabouts are unknown." In the other endings, the girl dies (in one she kills herself, in the other she's shot by the police). It's now obvious that Paramount was already thinking about sequels when they decided to add a third ending. That new ending not only helped them build up their "did this really happen?" marketing campaign, but it means she's still alive, and it'll probably be the same girl who appears in the sequel. Maybe she'll start killing people somewhere else. Does anyone think this is a good idea?