May 4, 2011


Apparently Paramount has set Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish) to helm the next installment in their highly successful low-budget Paranormal Activity series. Bloody Disgusting reports that the directors will be working from a script by Christopher B. Landon (Disturbia), but no plot details are known at this time. Paranormal Activity 2 raked in over $175 million on a budget of just $3 million, so a third entry (and presumably a fourth, fifth, sixth, etc.) was all but inevitable.

Joost and Schulman’s documentary Catfish invaded the zeitgeist last year when it was released. The “real or fake?” debate surrounded the film’s release, and its touchy subject matter became a primary topic of discussion. Personally, I find the Paranormal Activity flicks one-note, but maybe Joost and Schulman can provide some fresh perspective and come up with something interesting. They better get crackin’ though, as Paranormal Activity 3 is set to hit theaters October 11th of this year.

[Update: Variety’s report on the matter states that the film is “being envisioned as an origin story set in the 1980s that will follow a new family.”]

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