With nearly $600 million in combined ticket sales for the first three entries, Paramount's announcement that they're ordering up another installment in the ultra-lucrative "Paranormal Activity
" horror franchise (with absolutely zero details, of course) isn't exactly a surprise. Much like the "Saw
" series last decade, the "Paranormal Activity
" films have become a cinematic tradition in the weeks leading up to Halloween, and quite frankly it's difficult to see an end to that cycle considering that the most expensive film yet in the series, last year's "Paranormal Activity 3
", cost only $5 million and took in nearly $203 million worldwide - a record amount for the franchise.
STYD has received a press release from the studio announcing their upcoming slate for 2012 and included in that release is word of yet another Paranormal Activity
movie. The release itself announced that Paramount won 2011 with the highest total worldwide box office sales, bringing in $5.17 billion in the last 12 months.
The press release states:
In 2012, Paramount’s release slate highlights include “World War Z,” a zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” the next installment in the global franchise starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Channing Tatum, a new chapter in the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, and “The Dictator,” starring Sacha Baron Cohen and directed by Larry Charles, the team behind “Borat.”
The first three "Paranormal Activity
" features have combined for $581 million in worldwide grosses. The first pic opened in limited release in late September, 2009 while the next two have gone into wide release during the October weekend before Halloween.
The original, written and directed by Oren Peli, carried a production cost of only $15,000 and used the "found footage" technique. It centered on a young couple haunted by a supernatural presence. The two follow-up films were prequels to the original.
Where does the franchise go from here? Maybe a straight up sequel, following a new family, or even possibly (but not likely) abandoning the found footage format?
Sources - Cinemablend, Horrorbid, ShockTillYouDrop, Variety