Oren Peli Opts Out Of ‘Paranormal Activity 2′; ‘Saw VI’ Director Kevin Greutert Will Take Over
Filmmaker Oren Peli, who directed the ultra low budget horror hit, Paranormal Activity, that cost $15,000 and went on to become one of the most profitable movies of all time, has opted out of directing the sequel. Paramount has been quick to get it on the fast track to production since the original became a cultural phenomenon last October, one that’s only equaled by its precursor, The Blair Witch Project.
But Peli has already completed principal photography on his next project, Area 51, a suspense thriller about a group of kids who find themselves lost in a government facility that may or may not be housing aliens. The $5 million budget is chump change for Hollywood, but a huge step up from the his previous feature.
Peli will be handing the Paranormal torch to Kevin Greutert, whose most recent credit is Saw VI. The project will hit theaters later this year, no doubt in time for Halloween 2010. Peli assures fans that he trusts the team working on the sequel, saying:
These guys get it, and the fans won’t be disappointed.
With the all of its similarities to Blair Witch, let’s hope Paramount doesn’t muck it up like Artisan did with the notoriously disastrous Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2.