Kevin Greutert Forced From Paranormal Activity 2 Back to Saw 7

January 26, 2010
Source: Deadline Hollywood

Kevin Greutert

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?

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SAW VI was amazing, the best in the series.

guh on Jan 26, 2010


Ive always been sympathetic with Saw. The only nessecary film to the sereies, and only one i truely love is the original, but all the others, except for V I have enjoyed. Paranormal Activity was massively overrated, and just an alright film. I don't think anyone would see a sequel. Lionsgate doesn't need Greutert, they'll reclaim the throne no matter what.

Al on Jan 26, 2010


Doesnt matter who directs either of these shitty movies?

People's Champ on Jan 26, 2010


That's a picture of Andrew Coutts, not Kevin Greutert.

ez on Jan 26, 2010


THANK GOD.... good christ

Barley on Jan 26, 2010


#4 - Fixed it, sorry about that... That photo originally popped up when I searched for him, but I found a real one of Kevin instead.

Alex Billington on Jan 27, 2010


This is fantastic news. I cannot believe Lionsgate originally considered David Hackl for VII. Kevin Greutert did a fantastic job on Saw VI and, after the doubters watch it on DVD, Saw VII should renew the passion for the ailing franchise. I will be attending this movie regardless however, Kevin has put alot of work into the series and deserves the positon of director.

Link1983 on Jan 27, 2010


Yay. Rather have Saw VII (Saw 3D) than Paranormal Activity 2.Paranormal Activity sucked.

daniel f on Jan 27, 2010


I hope he doesn't direct PA. Saw has gotten so bad its ridiculous. Keep him away and get a better director. P.S. please no 3D

David on Jan 27, 2010

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