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From one fake documentary to another as Catfish directors sign for Paranormal 3

05.05.2011

Back in November of last year, when we were talking about PARANORMAL ACTIVITY being greenlit for a release later this year, I pitched my idea for a sequel: an origin story set in the 1980s detailing how the demon came to first find a young Katie and her family. And today we find out that's exactly what's going to happen.

Dread Central and Bloody Disgusting are reporting that Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who directed CATFISH (a movie everyone but me seemingly loved), will direct PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3, which will head back in time. As I argued, for the PARANORMAL franchise to be successful, they first needed to lay the framework for the mythology and then they'd be free to hop around wherever they want.

I had also mentioned they should largely abandon the "found footage" format for the third film and while that hasn't been confirmed, it seems likely considering home video wasn't prevalent enough to have multiple cameras and a plethora of footage to last an entire movie.

Christopher B. Landon is writing the script for the film and despite it being based on a premise I pitched, I still don't think it's a good idea. But from a business standpoint, it's the only way the series could stay relevant.

Joost and Schulman won't have much time to pull together their film considering it's already May and the film is set for release in five months. Do you think these guys are the right ones for the job?

Source: Dread Central

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11:33PM on 05/06/2011
That headline is wrong and cheap. Don't like the movie all you want, and even think that it was a bit explotative, but I still can't believe anyone denies how real it was.
That headline is wrong and cheap. Don't like the movie all you want, and even think that it was a bit explotative, but I still can't believe anyone denies how real it was.
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7:28AM on 05/06/2011
Getting rid of the "found footage" would be the worst thing for the franchise. That is what makes it fun.
Why do they have to make a direct sequel? They should follow a new family or group of people at a common place such as a hospital or a school where a demon terrorizes them.
Oh well...i guess i'll wait for the trailer to see what they do.
Getting rid of the "found footage" would be the worst thing for the franchise. That is what makes it fun.
Why do they have to make a direct sequel? They should follow a new family or group of people at a common place such as a hospital or a school where a demon terrorizes them.
Oh well...i guess i'll wait for the trailer to see what they do.
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11:24PM on 05/05/2011
Just watched Catfish and was a bit underwhelmed by it so, now I am not sure what this duo can possibly bring to PA3 except filming it low budget and in a hurry to make it's Oct. release date. Guess we'll see...
Just watched Catfish and was a bit underwhelmed by it so, now I am not sure what this duo can possibly bring to PA3 except filming it low budget and in a hurry to make it's Oct. release date. Guess we'll see...
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7:33PM on 05/05/2011
these movies are downright boring & not even scary, horrible franchise.
these movies are downright boring & not even scary, horrible franchise.
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9:23PM on 05/06/2011
In fact, I don't think PA2 should even be labeled a horror movie. It's more of a Dull Family Drama that happens to include a demon.
In fact, I don't think PA2 should even be labeled a horror movie. It's more of a Dull Family Drama that happens to include a demon.
6:18PM on 05/05/2011
Catfish was lame and PA2 was even worse. Not exactly looking forwardto this...
Catfish was lame and PA2 was even worse. Not exactly looking forwardto this...
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5:31PM on 05/05/2011

Wait and See...

I haven't seen CATFISH but I want to. I liked the first PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and I loved the second one so I am interested in seeing number three. Hope it don't suck.
I haven't seen CATFISH but I want to. I liked the first PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and I loved the second one so I am interested in seeing number three. Hope it don't suck.
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5:30PM on 05/05/2011
Whether or not you liked 'Catfish', the headline is a cheap shot and inaccurate. I certainly questioned how truthful the timeline of the movie was, but it without doubt features real subjects and real interactions.

Besides, even if it was totally faked, that doesn't take away from its social commentary and the many moments that resonate.
Whether or not you liked 'Catfish', the headline is a cheap shot and inaccurate. I certainly questioned how truthful the timeline of the movie was, but it without doubt features real subjects and real interactions.

Besides, even if it was totally faked, that doesn't take away from its social commentary and the many moments that resonate.
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3:23PM on 05/05/2011
Catfish was one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Nevermind the fact that the trailer misled the viewer into thinking it would be some freaky, psychological thriller when in all actuality it was a snoozefest with the twist at the end being, "Hey! People sometimes lie about their identity on the Interwebs! LOL! OMG SO CRAZY RIGHT!!!"

I've never felt so cheated and taken advantage of as a viewer. Couple that with the fact that these two douchebags knew she was just a sad old lady and took
Catfish was one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Nevermind the fact that the trailer misled the viewer into thinking it would be some freaky, psychological thriller when in all actuality it was a snoozefest with the twist at the end being, "Hey! People sometimes lie about their identity on the Interwebs! LOL! OMG SO CRAZY RIGHT!!!"

I've never felt so cheated and taken advantage of as a viewer. Couple that with the fact that these two douchebags knew she was just a sad old lady and took advantage of it just to make money.

Oh well, nice to see their "careers" are going nowhere. PA3? LOL, nice addition to the resume there, you pricks.

Oh, and if you haven't seen Catfish don't read this comment. It contains spoilers.
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10:16PM on 05/05/2011
I was like 'why are people thumbs down-ing this? it's nothing but the truth...' but then I realized all the spoilers which probably upset some people... then again you've done them a service, now they don't have to watch that steaming pile of shit.
I was like 'why are people thumbs down-ing this? it's nothing but the truth...' but then I realized all the spoilers which probably upset some people... then again you've done them a service, now they don't have to watch that steaming pile of shit.
3:22PM on 05/05/2011

Wet Behind the Ears

They go from a no-name director in the 1st (Oren Peli) to a heralded director in the 2nd (Tod Williams) to one-trick ponies in the 3rd? Will the lead character(s) be as naive as he was in "Catfish". "You mean she's not who she claims to be online?!?!?!?"
They go from a no-name director in the 1st (Oren Peli) to a heralded director in the 2nd (Tod Williams) to one-trick ponies in the 3rd? Will the lead character(s) be as naive as he was in "Catfish". "You mean she's not who she claims to be online?!?!?!?"
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3:39PM on 05/05/2011
You can't really call someone a "One Trick Pony" until they try their hand at something different... if PA 3 is a turd in the punch bowl, THAN they would be One Trick Pony's!
You can't really call someone a "One Trick Pony" until they try their hand at something different... if PA 3 is a turd in the punch bowl, THAN they would be One Trick Pony's!
3:15PM on 05/05/2011
I love this franchise. Seeing the first one in theaters with buds before it was in wide release will always be one of my most dear theatrical experiences.
I think it's almost taboo to hate on these movies.
I love this franchise. Seeing the first one in theaters with buds before it was in wide release will always be one of my most dear theatrical experiences.
I think it's almost taboo to hate on these movies.
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2:24PM on 05/05/2011
Catfish sucked and now these guys are going onto a franchise that sucked as well.

I still think Paranormal Activity is the worst excuse for a horror film in a long time.
Catfish sucked and now these guys are going onto a franchise that sucked as well.

I still think Paranormal Activity is the worst excuse for a horror film in a long time.
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1:39PM on 05/05/2011
Agree with Terminal... Paranormal Activity 1 & 2 I thought were very entertaining, and I thought Catfish went from insanely creepy "What the fuck is going on" movie to a very touching story of a very lonely woman just trying to escape her mundane life.

Hopefully these dudes can pull off a Narrative as well as they pulled off a Documentary.
Agree with Terminal... Paranormal Activity 1 & 2 I thought were very entertaining, and I thought Catfish went from insanely creepy "What the fuck is going on" movie to a very touching story of a very lonely woman just trying to escape her mundane life.

Hopefully these dudes can pull off a Narrative as well as they pulled off a Documentary.
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2:13PM on 05/05/2011
ive seen it already so its fine but u kinda just put a BIG spoiler in your post to those who havent seen Catfish
ive seen it already so its fine but u kinda just put a BIG spoiler in your post to those who havent seen Catfish
3:40PM on 05/05/2011
true, but its been quite some time since it's release.. if you haven't seen it by now, you have no interest in it! (My theory at least)
true, but its been quite some time since it's release.. if you haven't seen it by now, you have no interest in it! (My theory at least)
3:45PM on 05/06/2011
Hate to break it you, but "Catfish" about as much of a documentary as "Blair Witch Project" is.
Hate to break it you, but "Catfish" about as much of a documentary as "Blair Witch Project" is.
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1:19PM on 05/05/2011
This would honestly be the best way to continue the series right now. Look at how great Insidious turned out to be. If they do away with home video footage, they'll have a lot of potential on how to make this one a real crowd pleaser
This would honestly be the best way to continue the series right now. Look at how great Insidious turned out to be. If they do away with home video footage, they'll have a lot of potential on how to make this one a real crowd pleaser
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12:31PM on 05/05/2011
Loved PA, loved Catfish, Loved PA 2, can't wait for PA 3.
Loved PA, loved Catfish, Loved PA 2, can't wait for PA 3.
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11:46AM on 05/05/2011
I have enjoyed the series thus far but agree they really need to work hard to keep it fresh and give us something new. Not sure I think it's time yet for a backstory film either with PA2 leaving some unanswered questions but... like PA2 maybe it will be a mix of prequel and sequel. As for this duo, haven't seen Catfish so I can't say how their contribution might turn out. If they do turn in a strong third chapter and all questions are answered I say call it quits with a good trilogy but, money
I have enjoyed the series thus far but agree they really need to work hard to keep it fresh and give us something new. Not sure I think it's time yet for a backstory film either with PA2 leaving some unanswered questions but... like PA2 maybe it will be a mix of prequel and sequel. As for this duo, haven't seen Catfish so I can't say how their contribution might turn out. If they do turn in a strong third chapter and all questions are answered I say call it quits with a good trilogy but, money talks...
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11:15AM on 05/05/2011
I don't really think these guys are anything special...and Paranormal 3 I find dis-interesting at this point.
I don't really think these guys are anything special...and Paranormal 3 I find dis-interesting at this point.
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11:07AM on 05/05/2011
a sequel where they ditch the found footage format to tell an origin story.... what is the Blair Witch Project 2?
a sequel where they ditch the found footage format to tell an origin story.... what is the Blair Witch Project 2?
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9:41AM on 05/05/2011
For me, PA2 kept it fresh, but I have no idea how they'll pull off the same premise a third time. I smell another Saw franchise. I also smell bacon for some reason...
For me, PA2 kept it fresh, but I have no idea how they'll pull off the same premise a third time. I smell another Saw franchise. I also smell bacon for some reason...
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9:39AM on 05/05/2011
I was hoping PA3 would be a rollicking road trip movie with Katie, the baby, and the dog, haunting their way across the USA.
I was hoping PA3 would be a rollicking road trip movie with Katie, the baby, and the dog, haunting their way across the USA.
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9:22AM on 05/05/2011
I agree with you about CATFISH
I agree with you about CATFISH
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