Ever since Paranormal Activity made an astonishing $107 million last year, it was pretty obvious that a sequel was inevitable. Unfortunately, sequels to found footage films rarely seem to work, and with director Oren Peli moving on to do another movie called Area 51, it was unclear whether or not he would be involved with part 2. This week we have learned that Peli definitely won’t be directing the project, although he will be on board as a producer.
So who will be directing Paranormal Activity 2? According to THR’s Heat Vision Blog, the job will go to Saw VI director Kevin Greutert, with the script being written by Michael R. Perry (Millennium, Law & Order: SVU). The movie is being planned for October 22nd of this year, which puts it head to head with the next installment in Greutert’s previous franchise, Saw VII. Will Paranormal Activity 2 put the final nail in the coffin for the waning Saw series? I doubt it. Although Peli promises that both Greutert and Perry both “get it” and that “fans won’t be disappointed”, I have a hard time believing that they will be able to recreate the feel of the original or build on it in any meaningful way. Which would you rather see this Halloween: Paranormal Activity 2 or Saw VII?