Saw franchise sabotages Paranormal Activity 2
The studios are in the middle of a battle over two middle of the road horror franchises, one the undisputed father of horror franchises, and the other a mere child. Saw and Paranormal Activity.
Caught in the middle of this is director Kevin Greutert. He directed Saw VI and then took on the role of directing Paranormal Activity 2. Now the people behind the Saw franchise are using a contract clause to pull him off of Paranormal Activity and return him to Saw, and things are starting to get bloody.
We heard that Kevin Greutert was set to direct Paranormal Activity 2 just the other day, but that may not last as there was a small clause in his previous contract from Saw VI that allowed Lionsgate the option of pulling him into the next Saw film. So as soon as the announcement came about Paranormal Activity 2, the clause was highlighted and Greutert was pulled across.
Now it seems as though Lionsgate and Paramount are going head to head with the director caught in the middle, and frankly he's none to please about it as the comments on his own site show.
”I’m in the middle of something really terrible right now, as anyone who has come to this site probably knows. While I fight for justice in this, the important thing is to avoid giving in to hatred and anger, because these emotions are life killers.
Hopefully we will all arrive at an amicable solution. Thank you to everyone who is working with me on this.”
Now while I couldn't see that on his blog, a blog which seems to have just started with only one entry, the entry that was there had similar sentiments:
”I just had the task of telling my 83 year old mother that no, I’m not going to be allowed to direct the movie we were all so excited about when my family last got together, and that I’m being forced to leave town before getting a chance to see her again. Yes, I’ll be filming people getting tortured YET AGAIN. So we’ll have to put off me making a film she can actually watch for another year.
I’m not making this [expletive removed - Richard] up.”
Either way, the quotes both say similar things, he's not happy. Way not happy. Would you be? It does look like he's having to go to the Saw franchise first though, which means either Paranormal Activity 2 will get another director and try to go head to head with his Saw, or it'll hold off and wait for him.
My guess is that with the focus on the first one still fresh, the studio will want a new director to progress the film, that is if they can't negotiate for Greutert, and I think he will come at a high price.
The real story here though is contractually making a creative person work on a creative endeavour. Oh yes, I know it's just a Saw film, but there's still a lot of creativity required, it's not going through the motions of directing a film, after all that doesn't make for a good film.
Greutert is going to be contractually obliged to make a film, to drop the one he was wanting to make, and turn his attention to this other film that he has no interest in doing and feels aggrieved in making. That's not a good place for the director of a film to be in. I suspect, and through no fault of Greutert's, that the film won't be as strong as the rest.
What Lionsgate should do is not be petty, let him go to Paranormal Activity 2, and pump some new blood and funding into the Saw franchise. Let the next director and writer do something new and bold with the franchise and try and bring it back to life to battle this sequel.
The other question is does it really need to battle the sequel at all? The Saw franchise has it's own fans and followers who may well see both.