The Paranormal Activity 5 release date has been pushed yet again, but Paramount has also given a title to the found footage sequel, which likely signals this release date will (hopefully) stick. The follow-up will be titled Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and will now open in theaters on March 13, 2015 instead of October 25th of this year (which didn’t seem likely to happen anyway). The pic will square off at the box office against Disney’s live-action Cinderella and Ron Howard’s sea-set drama In the Heart of the Sea with Chris Hemsworth. This latest chapter in the supernatural franchise marks the directorial debut of Gregory Plotkin, who produced the last three installments in the series.
This is the next proper sequel after Paramount went the spinoff route earlier this year with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. As always, plot details are non-existent, but given the Blumhouse Productions model, it’s possible the film’s story is still in flux—Blumhouse movies are prone to significant reshoots not unlike the Pixar approach. More after the jump.
It seemed for a while that Paramount was unsure where to take the Paranormal Activity franchise after the Skype-centric fourth installment. Paranormal Activity 5 was initially slated for release in October 2013 way back when, but obviously that never came to pass. The studio called a last-minute audible by slotting the spinoff The Marked Ones in the January 2014 release date slot, and while that film was a bit of a departure for the series, it was a disappointment stateside, grossing only $32 million. It went on to make $90.8 million worldwide, but the Paranormal Activity franchise as a whole is showing signs of fatigue, so a lot may be riding on The Ghost Dimension.
Additionally, Paramount has shifted the release date of Scouts vs. Zombies from the March 13th date now held by PA to February 20, 2015, where it will square off against the Sean Penn thriller The Gunman and the sports drama McFarland.