EXCLUSIVE: After serving as the editor and co-producer of the last three Paranormal Activity films and the spinoff The Marked Ones that is being released in January, Gregory Plotkin is going to make his directorial debut on Paranormal Activity 5. He has a long list of credits as an editor or assistant editor on films that include Pleasantville, The Insider and The Break-Up. He has become more and more involved in the Paranormal Activity found-footage franchises. Now he gets his shot behind the camera.
It seems like Paramount and Adam Goodman are using the Paranormal microbudget films as a way to incubate new talent. Christopher Landon, who directed Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and had a hand in writing three other films in the series, was just set to direct Scouts Vs. Zombies at a larger budget for the studio. Read More »
Paramount is setting details for its next two Paranormal Activity franchise outings. The newly titled Latino-focused spin-off is now called Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and will debut January 3, 2014. The film helmed by series scribe Christopher Landon had originally been slated for an October 25, 2013 release but that spot will now be filled by comedy Paramount and MTV Films’ Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. Meanwhile, franchise sequel Paranormal Activity 5 will open in time for next year’s Halloween on October 24, 2014.
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UPDATED: Paramount’s as-yet-untitled spinoff of its Paranormal Activity franchise aimed at PA‘s sizeable Latino audience is the film that the studio today marked out for January 4, 2014. It was that pic — and not Paranormal Activity 5, which is still in the works — that had originally been set for October 25; the fifth film in the franchise still doesn’t have a date. Paramount said that it will fill its October 25 spot with Paramount and MTV Films’ Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. The distributor is being mum about pretty much everything about the PA spinoff, but we understand it will include the demon from the franchise, star mostly Latino actors and film partly in Spanish. Screenwriter Christopher Landon, who wrote PA 2, PA 3 and PA 4 and spec-scripted 2007′s big hit Disturbia, is helming. “This will be an off-shoot aimed at the groups who have been the biggest supporters of the property — Latinos and folks in Latin America — Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina,” a Paramount insider told our Nikki Finke at the time. The studio had placed a teaser clip at the end of Paranormal Activity 4 for the spinoff. Paranormal Activity 4 was released October 19 and grossed $30 million on its opening weekend — overall it grossed $53.9M domestically. The three previous installments have earned over $576 million worldwide on a combined budget of a little over $8M.
Deadline scooped last month that a fifth installment in Paramount’s horror franchise would happen, and now the studio has set an October 25, 2013 wide release date for it — just in time for Halloween. Jason Blum is back as producer for Paranormal Activity 5, which is expected to advance the story from the previous films. Paramount‘s Paranormal Activity 4 was made for $5 million, grossed $30 million during its opening weekend October 19-21 and has cumed $135.5 million to date. The sequel comes in addition to a planned spinoff tentatively set for spring 2013 that will be helmed by series writer Chris Landon and aimed at the franchise’s sizable Latino audience.
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve confirmed that Paramount is continuing its Paranormal Activity franchise for a 5th installment that will advance the story produced by Jason Blum and Oren Pell timed to Halloween 2013. But what’s far more interesting news is that my insiders say the studio is plotting an as-yet-untitled spinoff tentatively set for Spring 2013 and aimed at PA‘s very sizeable Latino audience. I’ve learned that PA2 and PA3 and PA4 screenwriter Christopher Landon, who spec-scripted 2007′s big hit Disturbia and is the son of Hollywood legend Michael Landon, is helming. (Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman shepherded Disturbia while he was president of production at DreamWorks. Pic was directed by D.J. Caruso.) The spinoff will include the demon from the PA franchise and star mostly Latino actors and film partly in Spanish. ”This will be an off-shoot aimed at the groups who have been the biggest supporters of the property — Latinos and folks in Latin America — Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina,” a Paramount insider tells me. The studio placed a teaser clip at the end of PA4 for the spinoff which will begin shooting shortly. As for Paranormal Activity 5, the studio considers PA4‘s $30M opening-weekend gross an “an amazing result at this $5M budget level” even if though its North American take is well below PA2‘s and PA3‘s. Overall, the three previous Paranormal Activity installments have earned over $576 million worldwide on a combined budget of a little over $8M.