Wow… talk about trading up! Just one month after Saw VI director Kevin Greutert was contractually forced to direct Saw VII, preventing him from taking up the reins on Paranormal Activity 2, Paramount has rebounded with an impressive list of big name directors interested in replacing him on the project. Perhaps the most surprising name on the list is Brian De Palma (The Untouchables, Scarface). Although he might seem like someone who is way above directing a sequel to a low budget horror flick, his last few films, including Redacted, The Black Dahlia, and Femme Fatale, have generated mixed reviews at best. Let’s not forget that the man did also direct Stephen King’s Carrie, and Redacted was a found footage film of sorts.
According to the L.A. Times, two other directors are also being considered right now, and although they might not have the same name recognition as De Palma, they are equally as intriguing: Brad Anderson (Transsiberian, The Machinist, Session 9) and Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, Rogue). I think Anderson might be my favourite of the bunch, but really I’d be happy with any of those choices. It seems like having Greutert stolen away from them could be the best thing to happen to this project! Now I’m seeing Paranormal Activity 2 in a whole new light… what about you?