Catfish Directors to Take on Paranormal Activity 3

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?

  • Colin

    Further proof that Catfish is totally fake.

  • How so? As Sean stated, there are plenty of documentary filmmakers who went on to direct fictional films.

  • Marcus Mallard

    Just stop with the continuation of the story. Really.

  • It’s a prequel.

  • It’s pretty much exactly what the horror community asked for when news of a third first came out, so I see nothing wrong with it. They’re giving their target audience exactly what they asked.

  • FoxMulder

    Didn’t like these guys at all, so I couldn’t care less. Very unsympathetic.

  • Matt

    I haven’t seen Catfish yet, but I think I’m good with another PA film.

  • 1138sw

    I am not good for another PA film…the first was just plain stupid and I didn’t bother with the second. But I have yet to see Catfish…will get around to that eventually.

  • auraldissonance

    The first was barely tolerable. Second was not quite. Third, directed by these douches, will probably be unwatchable and no doubt a huge success spawning several more pre-sequels and oh thank god the world is ending in 2012.


  • good for them. everyone that hates r just haters.

    by the way, for all catfish fans a local Chicago woman is being sued by a California woman over a false facebook personality / world. could be ground breaking legal case.