Paramount and the Paranormal Activity team are still making films in the PA franchise – the fourth is due out this October – but they’re also working on ideas for the future, and they’ve recently unveiled their next step.
The studio will join forces with director Oren Peli and Jason Blum and Christopher Landon (writers of the second and third films) to craft what they’re billing as a “cousin” to the Paranormal Activity series. The currently untitled project will not be a sequel, reboot, or spinoff according to THR, but will instead be a Latino-themed horror flick that focuses on Catholic mythology. Color us intrigued.
All involved are hoping that the film (which will be in English despite the Latino focus) can be shot quickly – with reports indicating a potential January 2013 release date that would put the title hot on the heels of Paranormal Activity.
It appears as though Paramount is hoping to replicate the success of this past January’s The Devil Inside – another micro-budgeted horror quickie that cost around a million dollars to make yet raked in over $99 million in worldwide box office receipts. That’s the kind of return on investment that’s going to make any studio drool.
It remains to be seen if this project will achieve anywhere near that level of success, but with Peli, Landon, and Blum involved, it’s not out of the question. We’ll bring you more on this potential new fright franchise as details are revealed.