How did we go from Oren Peli to De Palma? Well, Peli is currently in post-production for his latest film, Area 51, which centers around three teenagers who discover the elusive Area 51 Air Force base in the Nevada desert. Like Paranormal Activity, the film will use the 'found footage' angle but the budget will be bigger than the $15,000 Peli made his first film with. After a grassroots savvy marketing campaign, Paramount went full steam ahead and tapped Saw VI director, Kevin Greutert, and prime time veteran writer, Michael R. Perry, to create the sequel to last year's indie sensation. Ironically, this would have put Paranormal Activity 2 up against Lionsgate's Saw VII for this year's pre-Halloween weekend. Apparently, Lionsgate got their panties in a twist and decided to exercise an option in Greutert's contract that forced him back to the Saw series.
While Paramount considers Brad Anderson (Session 9) and Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) for the director's chair, names like Akiva Goldsman (writer, A Beautiful Mind) are also popping up, but it's De Palma that seems a more likely fit among the bigger names. And is he really that much of an oddball choice after all? Sure the man isn't known for moving at top speed (the film is slated for an October 22 release, egad!) and he's affiliated with bigger budget affairs, but his love for the psychological thriller and experience with the genre pic, Carrie, could make him a serious contender. I'm also pleased to find out that the studio is aiming high since, among other reasons, we could end up with another Blair Witch 2 disaster on our hands.
I'm not sure if Paranormal Activity's mythology lends itself to another film. Personally, it didn't hold up for me upon repeated viewings and I've been exhausted by the constant coverage of the title, months after its release. If De Palma could put his unique spin on the story -- includin
If De Palma or another big name filmmaker is directing, will Paranormal Activity 2 remain a found footage movie?