Pfff. After all the commotion about a handful of big name directors supposedly being interested in taking on Paranormal Activity 2, the speculation has finally ended with a resounding MEH. Last month it was revealed that Brian De Palma (Carrie), Brad Anderson (The Machinist) and Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) were all on the short list of candidates to helm the upcoming sequel to the low budget horror flick. Well, it turns out the job will go to… none of the above. According to Deadline New York, Paramount has hired Tod “Kip” Williams (The Door in the Floor) to direct the movie instead.
Oren Peli, director of the original Paranormal Activity and producer of the sequel, posted the following message on the film’s official website:
“I have some awesome news for the fans of Paranormal Activity – director Kip Williams will join us for the next chapter of the story. We are thrilled to have Kip working with us. He is the guy we want at the helm, because he knows exactly what we want to deliver to the fans… and I can’t wait to be a part of what he’s putting together. I don’t want to spoil the story but I promise it’ll surprise you. Stay tuned.”
To be fair, Williams isn’t necessarily a “no name” director. His movie The Door in the Floor is an adaptation of John Irving’s novel A Widow For One Year and was fairly well-received (although it’s not a horror movie). He also directed a short documentary called Wings Over the Rockies. I think we can all agree that this announcement is not quite as exciting as any of the other names that were previously in the mix, but there’s always the chance that it could surprise us. For now, though, I’ll just go back to forgetting that this sequel is even in the works.