Director Rob Letterman & SyFy Films Are Hiring 'The Paranormalists'
Studios love the found footage concept: they find up-and-coming directors to work with small budgets, avoid big costs on production design thanks to the visual limitations of the style, and hopefully cash in at the box office. Earlier this year, Paramount had surprising success with The Devil Inside, and the Paranormal Activity series speaks for itself. Now SyFy Films, a new branch of Universal, was recently created to make exactly these kinds of movies, and now they're backing The Paranormalists, a supernatural found footage thriller to be written and directed by Rob Letterman of Monsters vs Aliens and Gulliver's Travels.
THR brings the news which describes The Paranormalists as having a quirkier tone than its contemporaries. The story involves a haunted house which is entered by a group of men and women intent on debunking the presence of spirits. Real original, guys. Mega-producer Brian Grazer will produce the project for Imagine Entertainment, who are partnering with SyFy Films to bring this one to the big screen. For me, this style is wearing out its welcome, and unless filmmakers can bring something new to the table, like this month's Chronicle, it's going to take a lot to get me excited about another found footage project.