We’ve been seeing a lot of documentary filmmakers successfully make the jump to fictional films over the past few years, with people like Seth Gordon and Jeffrey Blitz going into comedy and Kevin Macdonald and Werner Herzog delving into genre films. One of the other interesting areas in which non-fiction directors have been excelling is in the found footage horror department. Daniel Stamm recently put together a strong film with The Last Exorcism and now Paramount has reportedly hired the directors of Catfish, Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, to take on the third installment of their popular Paranormal Activity franchise. Can they deliver something cool or will this just be another Blair Witch 2?
I, for one, am pretty excited to see what these guys can do with Paranormal Activity 3. Catfish was marketed as a thriller first and foremost, and even if you think it was staged or just plain immoral, it’s hard to argue that it’s not riveting and suspenseful filmmaking. Non-fiction skills translate well to documentary-style horror films for obvious reasons, and I think if they can create the same sense of unease in a fictional film they will do just fine.
Christopher Landon (Disturbia, Blood and Chocolate) is returning once again to write the script, which is supposedly going to be “an origin story set in the 1980s that will follow a new family.” Original Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli will also be returning as a producer along with Jason Blum. Are you looking forward to Paranormal Activity 3? Does the involvement of the Catfish directors make you more or less interested?