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Paranormal Activity 2 director shortlist contains quite a surprise

02.25.2010

Paramount certainly isn't half-assing PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 these days. After Lionsgate pulled a contractual trump card on SAW’s Kevin Greutert, the studio has been searching for a new director for the low-budget horror sequel, and one name on their newest candidate list may surprise you.

Brad Anderson, who directed SESSION 9 and TRANSSIBERIAN? Nope, seems logical.

Greg McLean, the man behind the well-received WOLF CREEK? He could work.

Or Brian De Palma. Yes, that one.

I’ve really no idea why the man behind SCARFACE, THE UNTOUCHABLES and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE is being considered for a low-budget, niche horror film like this, but the studio seems to have confidence in his ability to bring…something to the table. He did direct CARRIE once upon a time, but that's going on 35 years ago at this point. 

They’re likely trying to avoid a BLAIR WITCH 2 apocalypse scenario, in which a nobody director butchered what could have been a long-lasting horror franchise. De Palma at least brings experience to the table, but I’d be more comfortable with either of the other choices, as both seem to know how to make low-budget, yet effective horror.

Do you think De Palma has what it takes?

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Extra Tidbit: Allegedly A BEAUTIFUL MIND writer Akiva Goldsman was at one point being considered to direct. What?
Source: LA Times

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4:23PM on 02/26/2010
carrie? phantom of the paradise? dressed to kill? body double? SISTERS? i think brian de palma can make a horror movie.
carrie? phantom of the paradise? dressed to kill? body double? SISTERS? i think brian de palma can make a horror movie.
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1:02PM on 02/26/2010

An odd choice indeed...

I think De Palma is a very talented director but for Paranormal Activity 2?

I totally don't see him directing a sequel and specially for a "low budget" film..

odd odd odd..
I think De Palma is a very talented director but for Paranormal Activity 2?

I totally don't see him directing a sequel and specially for a "low budget" film..

odd odd odd..
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1:39AM on 02/26/2010
I don't think DePalma's made a good film in decades. What an odd choice. Would've loved to have seen what Brad Anderson could've brought to this..

PA was a shit film anyway.
I don't think DePalma's made a good film in decades. What an odd choice. Would've loved to have seen what Brad Anderson could've brought to this..

PA was a shit film anyway.
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11:06PM on 02/25/2010
It's possible De Palma may say yes. He hasn't made a decent film since 98's Snake Eyes. His last film, Redacted, was considered pretty horrible.
It's possible De Palma may say yes. He hasn't made a decent film since 98's Snake Eyes. His last film, Redacted, was considered pretty horrible.
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9:39PM on 02/25/2010
I'd say the real blame for BW2 wasn't the director. The studio apparently came in after it was shot and took the film from the director and re-edited on them. Who knows how the directors original vision would have played out?
I'd say the real blame for BW2 wasn't the director. The studio apparently came in after it was shot and took the film from the director and re-edited on them. Who knows how the directors original vision would have played out?
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7:17PM on 02/25/2010
I haven't seen the first one because it's been on a Long Wait status at NetFlix forever and I've been hesitant from the start because I consider THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT one of the worst movies I've ever seen (plus, I don't like ghost/paranormal movies for thrills on the whole), but if it was made for such a low budget, why not troll through the large pool of great directors making great low budget horror flicks right now? Why suddenly go with a big name boost?

Again, haven't seen the first
I haven't seen the first one because it's been on a Long Wait status at NetFlix forever and I've been hesitant from the start because I consider THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT one of the worst movies I've ever seen (plus, I don't like ghost/paranormal movies for thrills on the whole), but if it was made for such a low budget, why not troll through the large pool of great directors making great low budget horror flicks right now? Why suddenly go with a big name boost?

Again, haven't seen the first one, so I can't really base my opinion on what I thought of the movie, but it just seems a better option to go with perhaps someone like The Butcher Brothers (THE HAMILTONS) or Matthew Leutwyler (DEAD & BREAKFAST). *shrug*
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6:17PM on 02/25/2010
DePalma spent his career making thrillers. He could direct a Paranormal Activity sequel with his eyes closed and it'd be hundred times better than the original.
DePalma spent his career making thrillers. He could direct a Paranormal Activity sequel with his eyes closed and it'd be hundred times better than the original.
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4:47PM on 02/25/2010

The Great Brian De Palma

Paul Tassi, you suck for questioning the abilities of Brian De Palma. The man has more talent in his left nut, then both of the the other candidates to direct PA2. I hope he gets the gig.
Paul Tassi, you suck for questioning the abilities of Brian De Palma. The man has more talent in his left nut, then both of the the other candidates to direct PA2. I hope he gets the gig.
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1:43PM on 02/25/2010
fucking lame. PA was such an over hyped piece of garbage, and doesn't deserve a sequel
fucking lame. PA was such an over hyped piece of garbage, and doesn't deserve a sequel
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1:10PM on 02/25/2010

The problem of Blair Witch 2 wasn't the director

Its real problem was that the first film did not need a sequel and could not be turned into a franchise, no matter what they did.

They're doing the same mistake with Paranormal Activity: because it was a successful horror movie, they automatically assume it needs a sequel. That kind of boneheaded thinking is gonna lose them money!
Its real problem was that the first film did not need a sequel and could not be turned into a franchise, no matter what they did.

They're doing the same mistake with Paranormal Activity: because it was a successful horror movie, they automatically assume it needs a sequel. That kind of boneheaded thinking is gonna lose them money!
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12:23PM on 02/25/2010

PA2

Looks like they're getting serious with PA2 as long as it doen't end up being one of those dumb direct to DVD releases I'm cool. They should follow the Katie storyline instead of making it about o whole new Paranormal case, continuity is key in sequels.
Looks like they're getting serious with PA2 as long as it doen't end up being one of those dumb direct to DVD releases I'm cool. They should follow the Katie storyline instead of making it about o whole new Paranormal case, continuity is key in sequels.
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12:23PM on 02/25/2010

Weird

Not sure what to make of this. Hey, the guy did Carrie, so that's a bonus, right?

On an unrelated note, please proof read your posts. I realize people are likely to have the occasional typo, but c'mon that second paragraph just sounds funny.
Not sure what to make of this. Hey, the guy did Carrie, so that's a bonus, right?

On an unrelated note, please proof read your posts. I realize people are likely to have the occasional typo, but c'mon that second paragraph just sounds funny.
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12:06PM on 02/25/2010

Greg McLean

Mclean seems like the best option. The Black Dahlia was a pretty terrible film, but I can't see Paranormal Activity 2 being that good anyway.
Mclean seems like the best option. The Black Dahlia was a pretty terrible film, but I can't see Paranormal Activity 2 being that good anyway.
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1:17PM on 02/25/2010
The director's cut of the Black Dahlia was apparently amazing. James Ellroy loved it, but after it was cut down he didnt even want to say anything about the film adaptation of his book.

DePalama has made many thrillers and knows how to handle them.
The director's cut of the Black Dahlia was apparently amazing. James Ellroy loved it, but after it was cut down he didnt even want to say anything about the film adaptation of his book.

DePalama has made many thrillers and knows how to handle them.
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