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Paranormal 2 director yanked back by Lionsgate

01.26.2010

Just last week we brought you the news that Paramount had hired SAW VI director Kevin Greutert to direct PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2. At the time, it was noted that Paramount seemed to be poaching talent from its competing Halloween franchise for its budding franchise. In fact both films were opening on the same date in October. But before the ink could dry on Greutert's contract, Lionsgate has fired back.

The studio essentially has fired David Hackl, the SAW V director who had been slated to direct this year's SAW installment, and has exercised its option on Greutert, making him the new SAW 3D director (and obviously precluding him from directing PARANORMAL 2). Before you think of the obvious, "Why doesn't Paramount just hire Hackl?," Lionsgate has thought of that too. Like Greutert, Hackl is under contract with Lionsgate and he will quickly be assigned to another film at the studio to prevent him from defecting.

In a blog post titled, "Yes Virginia, There is Evil in the World," Greutert said yesterday, "I was told that my metaphor describing my feelings right now was in excessively poor taste, so letís just say Iím pissed." A little detective work realized that the original metaphor Greutert used to describe the situation was, "If you've ever been raped by your dad, then you now how I feel right now." Yeouch. This should make for an interesting shoot.

In a perfect world this would get stuck in a legal quagmire so deep neither film would ever get made, but that's not happening. I'm guessing at this point Paramount will just move on and find someone else to direct their film as they'd like to keep that October release date and any further wranglings with Greutert or Hackl would just delay production and force them out of that date (which is likely what Lionsgate wanted all along).

Extra Tidbit: How about Rob Zombie reboots PARANORMAL?
Source: Deadline

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4:17PM on 01/28/2010

Woot!

Genius move by Twisted Pictures!
Genius move by Twisted Pictures!
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2:48PM on 01/26/2010

PA2 & SAW

I don't think PA needs a sequel and I stopped watching the SAW films since the 2nd or 3rd but I guess I should watch VI sice allot of people liked it.
I don't think PA needs a sequel and I stopped watching the SAW films since the 2nd or 3rd but I guess I should watch VI sice allot of people liked it.
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1:23PM on 01/26/2010

HEY!

That "Extra Tidbit" was just out of line Mister! Now, go sit in the corner and think about what you just did.

As for Saw 87 in 5D... could not care less. Would rather watch the Winter Olympics... hockey no less.
That "Extra Tidbit" was just out of line Mister! Now, go sit in the corner and think about what you just did.

As for Saw 87 in 5D... could not care less. Would rather watch the Winter Olympics... hockey no less.
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10:20AM on 01/26/2010

YES

Saw VI was the best one in the series behind the original and he's the most competent director the series has had since James Wan! Count me in!

And I just watched Paranormal Activity last night and I thought it sucked.
Saw VI was the best one in the series behind the original and he's the most competent director the series has had since James Wan! Count me in!

And I just watched Paranormal Activity last night and I thought it sucked.
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10:03AM on 01/26/2010

FUCK YES!!!

We get back Kevin Gruetert to do SAW VII! He did a fucking fantastic job on making SAW VI the best in the franchise right behind the original SAW. So I can't wait to see what he puts together in SAW VII.

As for David Hackl, yes I feel so bad for the guy (lionsgate being a dick to the guy)and wish him luck on his next film but what he gave us in SAW V was ok. I enjoy the film alot but not as much as SAW VI or SAW (I,II,III, & IV.
We get back Kevin Gruetert to do SAW VII! He did a fucking fantastic job on making SAW VI the best in the franchise right behind the original SAW. So I can't wait to see what he puts together in SAW VII.

As for David Hackl, yes I feel so bad for the guy (lionsgate being a dick to the guy)and wish him luck on his next film but what he gave us in SAW V was ok. I enjoy the film alot but not as much as SAW VI or SAW (I,II,III, & IV.
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9:53AM on 01/26/2010
Wonder how long it will be until we get Saw in Outer Space? Joking aside, a pretty dick move of Lionsgate, but then again, how good would Paranormal Activity 2 have been?
Wonder how long it will be until we get Saw in Outer Space? Joking aside, a pretty dick move of Lionsgate, but then again, how good would Paranormal Activity 2 have been?
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