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Paranormal Activity 3 set for next October

11.18.2010

You knew it was coming and sure enough, Paramount has officially given the greenlight to PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3, which is already set for an October 21, 2011 release. No details on the film were given but the original creative team of director Oren Peli and producer Jason Blum are expected to be involved in some capacity (likely a simple executive producer credit).

So what can we expect from PARANORMAL 3? Well we'll probably see the return of Katie Featherston, the most unlikely horror villain since...well, ever. I'm fine with seeing "Katie" back for the third film, I do think they need to try something different for the third film and at the risk of running the well dry too quickly, they need to abandon the "found footage" format. [Some spoilers about the franchise below...]

Peli's home video conceit worked very well for the first and the writers and producers actually found a clever construct to make it work again in the sequel (by having the events in PART 1 and PART 2 taking place concurrently). But that obviously can't be done again for a third film. The temptation may be to leap-forward in the mythology and have the post-PARANORMAL 1 Katie terrorizing some new family. And that would probably work for PARANORMAL 4 but before you flash-forward, you need to establish the mythology first.

PARANORMAL 3 should drop the "found footage" and be a traditionally shot movie. But how would that work, you ask? Before you flash-forward, you need to flashback.

If PARANORMAL 2 is to be believed and the demon/being that haunted Katie and her sister has been around since they were kids, flashback to when they were kids in the 80s. Give us some backstory on the original haunting. How did it find Katie and her sister? What does it want with them? Why does it follow them? By using a flashback, you can shoot this as a traditional thriller/horror film. And I know "found footage" is their bread and butter so you can even edit in some occasional home video stuff into the film to make people feel at home.

This sets up the mythology of who/what is possessing Katie and makes her a more credible and spooky villain for PARANORMAL 4, which can then flash-forward and revert back to the "found footage" if necessary.

OK, this may not necessarily be the best idea ever, but honestly, how many more "found footage" sequels can we put up with before we're sick of the whole deal and the schtick doesn't have the same impact. Take measures now to mix it up and keep people interested in the characters and the PARANORMAL mythology, otherwise you're just another one-trick pony. Par has greenlit a third 'Paranormal Activity' movie after the first two inexpensive films combined to make more than $300 million worldwide.

Paramount has greenlit "Paranormal Activity 3" for production with plans to release the pic on Oct. 21.

Insiders said the pic's original helmer, Oren Peli, and producer Jason Blum will have some part in the creative process but their roles are yet to be determined.

The first two "Paranormal Activity" pics revolved around a family haunted by an evil spirit, with both films lensed in the found footage style.The films have grossed a total of more than $300 million at the worldwide box office.

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Source: Variety

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11:07PM on 11/21/2010
Paramount need to reign in this franchise movie otherwise its gonna turn into another Saw cash-cow gimmick movie. granted i havent watch the 2nd one yet(i want to) but i just think its too soon for a 3rd one..that and i agree with this article author
Paramount need to reign in this franchise movie otherwise its gonna turn into another Saw cash-cow gimmick movie. granted i havent watch the 2nd one yet(i want to) but i just think its too soon for a 3rd one..that and i agree with this article author
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11:33PM on 11/18/2010

Best Idea?

NEVER make another of these boring, dull, garbage movies and place a bullet in the skulls of the producers.
NEVER make another of these boring, dull, garbage movies and place a bullet in the skulls of the producers.
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11:29PM on 11/18/2010
this is what will happen.. the daughter on paranormal 2 never died, she was away on a school trip and came home to find her fam dead.. baby missing, aunt katie missing.. she will go off and make document her findings on a handy cam.. she will go off and look for the grandmother that "made a deal with the demon" to gain all of her riches that they mention in paranormal 2.. the grandmother gave up the first born male in the fam. that baby was the first born male in the fam since the 30's.. its
this is what will happen.. the daughter on paranormal 2 never died, she was away on a school trip and came home to find her fam dead.. baby missing, aunt katie missing.. she will go off and make document her findings on a handy cam.. she will go off and look for the grandmother that "made a deal with the demon" to gain all of her riches that they mention in paranormal 2.. the grandmother gave up the first born male in the fam. that baby was the first born male in the fam since the 30's.. its quite easy to see where they r gonna go with this. its written in plain english in the 2nd film! if you dont agree with me go back and see the movie! will be a hand held adventure of the daughter, and maybe the bf... but thats how it will go.. mark my words..
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10:37PM on 11/18/2010
It makes for a night out.
It makes for a night out.
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6:37PM on 11/18/2010
How did the first film even merit a sequel?
How did the first film even merit a sequel?
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6:14PM on 11/18/2010

Errr no, that's a shit idea

part of the reason these movies work is that the 'found footage' schtick gives it a sense of realism. I agree that they're going too far with a part 3 but it's going to happen. The fact is, in today's world there's CCTV fucking everywhere so a clever reason for another found footage movie could be thought up. By going the traditional route with music, dramatic lighting etc it won't feel like a 'Paranormal Activity movie, the same as Blair Witch 2 didn't feel the same.
And shame on you for
part of the reason these movies work is that the 'found footage' schtick gives it a sense of realism. I agree that they're going too far with a part 3 but it's going to happen. The fact is, in today's world there's CCTV fucking everywhere so a clever reason for another found footage movie could be thought up. By going the traditional route with music, dramatic lighting etc it won't feel like a 'Paranormal Activity movie, the same as Blair Witch 2 didn't feel the same.
And shame on you for suggesting a prequel where we see what happens when they were kids. Why does everything have to be explained in a prequel? What we imagine to have happened adds far more than spelling it out in some shitty prequel...
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5:48PM on 11/18/2010
FUCK
FUCK
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3:35PM on 11/18/2010
I know a lot of people hate the first two or find them boring but I like them.

I'm never scared by movies but it's fun to sit in the audience and watch the audience jump and scream. I've never had that experience in any other movie. Sure there's a lot of ooooh's and people shielding their eyes because something disgusting is happening on screen, but with paranormal activity what you get is people that are truly scared shitless.It helps me get into the movies more and it's nice to see a
I know a lot of people hate the first two or find them boring but I like them.

I'm never scared by movies but it's fun to sit in the audience and watch the audience jump and scream. I've never had that experience in any other movie. Sure there's a lot of ooooh's and people shielding their eyes because something disgusting is happening on screen, but with paranormal activity what you get is people that are truly scared shitless.It helps me get into the movies more and it's nice to see a series that is more about anticipation and build-up rather than a show me gross me out horror film.

I don't know how they will make this work for a third movie but I doubted they could do it for a second and they made it work. I like this franchise and so long as the audience is scared, I don't think it has overstayed it's welcome.
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3:02PM on 11/18/2010

I hate both PA movies

And think they're both horrible excuses for horror films. Now we get another one. Fantastic. Another film of zero suspense, long periods of times with nothing happening, and jump scares. Lots and lots of jump scares. But hey, to each their own. I'm sounding just like a person when Saw III was announced.

Katie Featherston is very fine, though.
And think they're both horrible excuses for horror films. Now we get another one. Fantastic. Another film of zero suspense, long periods of times with nothing happening, and jump scares. Lots and lots of jump scares. But hey, to each their own. I'm sounding just like a person when Saw III was announced.

Katie Featherston is very fine, though.
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1:21PM on 11/18/2010
Thought PA 2 was better than the original, so I welcome a third one greatly.
Thought PA 2 was better than the original, so I welcome a third one greatly.
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1:05PM on 11/18/2010

Not a fan of this franchise

But if thats what we need to make sure Saw will never come back, Im in. But Hollywood will only have 2-3 more years to figure what franchise will take over when people will start hating this one. (I think its already beginning)
But if thats what we need to make sure Saw will never come back, Im in. But Hollywood will only have 2-3 more years to figure what franchise will take over when people will start hating this one. (I think its already beginning)
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12:55PM on 11/18/2010

Should

They should make the next one in the stile of a Ghost Hunters like investigation. I think that would be different enough but still similar to the first two.
They should make the next one in the stile of a Ghost Hunters like investigation. I think that would be different enough but still similar to the first two.
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12:46PM on 11/18/2010

Katie Featherstone

She is the epitome of "Girl-Next-Door" hotness and the only thing that would make me want to see PA3 more would be a topless scene. A man can wish.
She is the epitome of "Girl-Next-Door" hotness and the only thing that would make me want to see PA3 more would be a topless scene. A man can wish.
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3:34PM on 11/18/2010
Spoken like a true schmoe. I like it!
Spoken like a true schmoe. I like it!
12:42PM on 11/18/2010

I liked it the first time...when it was call Paranormal Activity

The first one was entertaining, not really scary, but not bad. Given that, I can't believe people on here are actually hip to this shit. Where is the integrity of the people making this movie? I have no respect for "film-makers" that do it just for the money. Yea they got make a living, but there are other artistic avenues.
The first one was entertaining, not really scary, but not bad. Given that, I can't believe people on here are actually hip to this shit. Where is the integrity of the people making this movie? I have no respect for "film-makers" that do it just for the money. Yea they got make a living, but there are other artistic avenues.
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12:05PM on 11/18/2010
Featherstone is hot and I welcome more PA movies. It's nice to have a franchise not revolving around severed limbs and torture.
Featherstone is hot and I welcome more PA movies. It's nice to have a franchise not revolving around severed limbs and torture.
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3:00PM on 11/18/2010
Yeah, but I like franchises that have actual storylines.
Yeah, but I like franchises that have actual storylines.
11:19AM on 11/18/2010

Nice Article but...

Once P.A.3 DOES come out, can you guys PLEASE have SOMEONE ELSE review the movie besides Brumbay...who hated the first movie with a passion and you guys decided it was a good idea to have him watch the second one...thereby him writing a review that was less critical and informative and more "Everything about this film sucks and whoever watches it sucks too." Let someone ELSE review part 3 so we can get an actual review that helps us decide if we're going to see the movie instead of making us
Once P.A.3 DOES come out, can you guys PLEASE have SOMEONE ELSE review the movie besides Brumbay...who hated the first movie with a passion and you guys decided it was a good idea to have him watch the second one...thereby him writing a review that was less critical and informative and more "Everything about this film sucks and whoever watches it sucks too." Let someone ELSE review part 3 so we can get an actual review that helps us decide if we're going to see the movie instead of making us feel like we're pieces of shit for even giving it a chance. PLEASE?
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10:46AM on 11/18/2010

well

i love the paranormal activity movies. but i really really hope this doesnt turn into a saw-like series. so hopefully the 3rd will be the final in the trilogy.
i love the paranormal activity movies. but i really really hope this doesnt turn into a saw-like series. so hopefully the 3rd will be the final in the trilogy.
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10:45AM on 11/18/2010
Great article, Sampson.
Great article, Sampson.
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10:44AM on 11/18/2010

Intriguing...but meh

Oh obviously they are going to go to the well too often and drain it dry.
But if they do make a backstory prequel they have to do it through found footage. That is their hook.

How to do backstory of when Katie was a little girl with her sister. Easy...video cameras existed in the 90's. Found footage of the girls extracted from home video recordings that they made when they were playing together and being tormented by the demon. Think about it. Kids would want to record that strange
Oh obviously they are going to go to the well too often and drain it dry.
But if they do make a backstory prequel they have to do it through found footage. That is their hook.

How to do backstory of when Katie was a little girl with her sister. Easy...video cameras existed in the 90's. Found footage of the girls extracted from home video recordings that they made when they were playing together and being tormented by the demon. Think about it. Kids would want to record that strange stuff. While it would not show the first incident that can be covered through exposition of the main characters interaction on the tape.

Then flash forward and they can possibly leave the found footage angle for the more recent torments of other families, etc.
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10:40AM on 11/18/2010
I agree its really not necessary, but for it to work i think it would have to go back to *SPOILERS* when the original deal with the demon was made for the first born male. So i guess it would be earlier than the 80s.
I agree its really not necessary, but for it to work i think it would have to go back to *SPOILERS* when the original deal with the demon was made for the first born male. So i guess it would be earlier than the 80s.
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10:34AM on 11/18/2010
Or they could do the whole world a favour and just not make it at all.
Or they could do the whole world a favour and just not make it at all.
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10:06AM on 11/18/2010
I like the idea of going back to when they were kids, but it should still be found footage. A "real" movie just wouldn't work for this series. If they want to have any hope of moving forward, the greatest asset this series has is that the audience knows very little about Katie and her sister. I think they should have a documentary film crew visit Katie and her sister in the early 90s (when they were kids) and shit goes down.
I like the idea of going back to when they were kids, but it should still be found footage. A "real" movie just wouldn't work for this series. If they want to have any hope of moving forward, the greatest asset this series has is that the audience knows very little about Katie and her sister. I think they should have a documentary film crew visit Katie and her sister in the early 90s (when they were kids) and shit goes down.
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10:14AM on 11/18/2010
Found footage a la Poultergeist. I like it.
Found footage a la Poultergeist. I like it.
10:05AM on 11/18/2010

Well...

Any opportunity to check out some more amazing Katie cleavage is a welcome one.
Any opportunity to check out some more amazing Katie cleavage is a welcome one.
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9:54AM on 11/18/2010

*coughBLAIRWITCH2cough!*

i don't think that is such a good idea, anyone else remember Book of Shadows? They came out with Blair Witch all handy cam style, and it was great. But when Book of Shadows came out and it wasn't, left me disappointed. So for 3rd Paranormal Activity, i think they should keep it the same style. Remember they did change it up a bit in the 2nd, instead of just 1 camera walking around they used the whole security camera angle which was brilliant. I'm sure they have plenty more ideas up their
i don't think that is such a good idea, anyone else remember Book of Shadows? They came out with Blair Witch all handy cam style, and it was great. But when Book of Shadows came out and it wasn't, left me disappointed. So for 3rd Paranormal Activity, i think they should keep it the same style. Remember they did change it up a bit in the 2nd, instead of just 1 camera walking around they used the whole security camera angle which was brilliant. I'm sure they have plenty more ideas up their sleeves to make it work.
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