(“Hurrr, I’m terrified of doors.”)
It still haven’t seen Paranormal Activity because it looks boring, but the “found-footage” thriller did earn $151 million on an initial budget of $15,000 (initial being a key distinction…), so naturally a sequel was greenlit. So how do you use studio backing to recreate the charm of a low-budget phenomenon? You go the Blair Witch 2 route and just hire a studio director, duh. Don’t you know anything about Hollywood?
Paramount has hired screenwriter Michael R. Perry and director Kevin Greutert to create the sequel. Greutert made his directorial debut on the sixth “Saw” film, which grossed just $31 million worldwide, with observers thinking that the franchise may be bleeding dry. Significantly, Paramount will unleash it in theaters on the pre-Halloween weekend of October 22, which sets it against that date’s reigning champion in previous years, the next installment in Lionsgate’s “Saw” series (this year would be “VII”). [THR]
Have you noticed every stupid horror movie seems to make money in this slot? I think maybe they should keep charging admission, but this time instead of a movie, they could just hand out Mountain Dew and meth and let these slack-jawed bumblef*cks pick ticks off each other for two hours.