More Squawking About a Paranormal Activity Sequel

Let’s face it, it’s a fait accompli at this point. Paramount is going to make a sequel to Oren Peli’s mega-hit “Paranormal Activity”, it’s just a question of when, how, and if they’re willing to shell out the buckaroos to bring Peli back, or if they’re just going to get someone else to do it in his stead. After all, a hit (and not just a hit, but a genuine phenomenon) like “Paranormal Activity” doesn’t come around very often, and when it does you have to strike. Paramount is striking.

During Viacom’s earnings call Tuesday, CEO Philippe Dauman said the movie has been one of those surprise hits that comes along only rarely, grossing $85 million in the U.S. already.

Given that a follow-up release wouldn’t have the same element of surprise as “Paranormal,” it will be key to craft a smart approach to a sequel, he said. “Our team will come up with the right creative and marketing approach to make sure that we benefit from a sequel,” Dauman said.

Asked by an analyst if the “Paranormal” model of a low-cost, high-boxoffice film could be easily replicated with other releases, he said no, pointing to how much time passed between similar surprise hit “The Blair Witch Project” and “Paranormal.”

Not easily replicated, no, but the sequel will be relatively cheap to make, and even if it never achieves the level of success as the first movie, it will turn enough of a profit to be worth the effort. I’m not saying it’ll be creatively as original, but then again, when has that been the point of any Hollywood sequel?

My guess for a sequel title? “Paranormal Activity 2: The Return”. Or something just as generic and sequel-sounding.

Watch out, he's back! Stupid ghost.

Watch out, he's back! Stupid ghost.



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  • andrewarbo

    I hated this movie so much!!! It blows my mind that anyone would think its good. It was the first movie that made me want to walk out of the theatre.

  • andrewarbo

    I hated this movie so much!!! It blows my mind that anyone would think its good. It was the first movie that made me want to walk out of the theatre.

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    Another movie that is coming out that offers a clean alternative is ‘’Paranormal.’’ Below is some additional information about this new thriller!!

    Paranormal, the latest supernatural thriller from Cross Shadow Productions, (the
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    See more information and trailers at:
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    Following the success of family-friendly suspense/thriller The Exorcism of Emily
    Rose (Sony Pictures), comes a riveting supernatural thriller in the vein of the hit
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    Paranormal follows best-selling, self-made novelist Greg Evans struggling through the worst case of writer’s block in his award-winning career. In a desperate search for
    inspiration, Greg quickly finds himself immersed in a world he is not prepared to face.
    Turning to a group of paranormal investigators, Greg and the ghost hunting team search for proof and answers, yet are unaware they are about to have an experience of a
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  • http://www.ParanormalTheMovie.com Jennifer

    Another movie that is coming out that offers a clean alternative is ‘’Paranormal.’’ Below is some additional information about this new thriller!!

    Paranormal, the latest supernatural thriller from Cross Shadow Productions, (the
    creators of the Dove.org approved, best-selling BMG releases: Pray and Pray 2:
    The Woods) will be available in stores nationwide January 26th 2010. The 2009 Mrs. America is starring in it.

    See more information and trailers at:
    http://www.ParanormalTheMovie.com

    Following the success of family-friendly suspense/thriller The Exorcism of Emily
    Rose (Sony Pictures), comes a riveting supernatural thriller in the vein of the hit
    SyFy television series, Ghost Hunters and Frank Peretti’s House (Roadside
    Attractions / Lionsgate).

    Paranormal follows best-selling, self-made novelist Greg Evans struggling through the worst case of writer’s block in his award-winning career. In a desperate search for
    inspiration, Greg quickly finds himself immersed in a world he is not prepared to face.
    Turning to a group of paranormal investigators, Greg and the ghost hunting team search for proof and answers, yet are unaware they are about to have an experience of a
    lifetime! None will leave the way they came. Paranormal will peel back the supernatural curtain to reveal how The TRUTH will EXPOSE the darkness!