Source: Shock Till You Drop
Paramount Pictures is close to hiring longtime screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to direct the horror sequel Paranormal Activity 2. Goldsman has written several high-profile projects, including A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code and I Am Legend. Other reported candidates included Greg McLean (Wolf Creek), Brad Anderson (Transsiberian), and Brian De Palma (Carrie). If hired, it would mark Goldsman's directorial debut.
Two months back, Saw VI director and series editor Kevin Greutert had been tapped for the job, but Twisted Pictures exercised its option on Greutert, which forced him to quit Paranormal, and direct Saw VII instead. Last year, Paranormal was a Halloween phenomenon, the first in four years to noticeably cut into Saw's domination at the holiday box office. According to producers, Saw VII will close off the series, but Paramount's aim is to again go head-to-head with the 3D Saw sequel by completing Paranormal 2 for a Halloween 2010 release.
Paranormal Activity grossed $107.9 million last year, against a $15,000 budget. The success of the film prompted the studio to launch an entire division devoted to micro-budget films, called Insurge Pictures, which will spend $1 million a year, divided into $10,000 chunks, on ten projects.