Paramount Keen to Sequelize Paranormal Activity


Is it a bad, bad, bad idea?

This morning, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman made it clear that Paramount Pictures (a Viacom company) is very much interested in capitalizing on the success of Paranormal Activity by following it up with a Paranormal Activity 2.

“Our team will come up with the right creative and marketing approach,” Dauman said.

The man behind the film – which has become the most profitable picture ever – Oren Peli is off to make Area 51 right now. Would he be back for a sequel? Who knows, but I’m sure that dialogue has already begun – you’d be a fool to think it hasn’t.

To be honest, will a sequel work? I’m not alone in pointing to Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows as a fine example as to why some sequels shouldn’t be born. Paranormal Activity captures the zeitgeist of a generation fixed on shows like Ghost Hunters and does what it does very well. A sequel capturing the haunting of another couple, or family, will only be seen as a carbon copy – that is, if they choose to go that route. I think picking up where the original left off – with Katie – would only be a grave mistake.

Sound off below, is a Paranormal Activity necessary?

Source: Ryan Rotten, Managing Editor, The Hollywood Reporter