Paranormal Activity 2 by Brian DePalma?
My instant reaction to this story is that someone is having a serious laugh at our expense, I mean the sequel to Paranormal Activity (Filmstalker review) directed by Brian DePalma, Akiva Goldsman, Brad Anderson or Greg McLean?
It seems an insane rumour doesn't it? Yet the site carrying the story is strong, and with the fuss about the director being stolen back to the Saw series, there's perhaps a desire to make this bear Saw and Lionsgate. Could it really be true?
Personally I think the idea that Brian DePalma would consider directing Paranormal Activity 2 to be pretty insane. How could the director of The Untouchables, Carlito's Way, Casualties of War, Scarface, Redacted, The Black Dahlia, Mission: Impossible, Body Double, Blow Out, Dressed to Kill and Carrie, really consider directing the sequel to the not very scary film that put filming style over character?
Well perhaps some might say as a response to that, DePalma also made Snake Eyes, Mission to Mars, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and is set to make the sequel to The Untouchables, The Untouchables: Capone Rising. Yes, they are some not as strong DePalma films, but they are still screens ahead of Paranormal Activity, aren't they?
The real answer would be that the script has something quite remarkable about it. Either that or the studio are offering a lot of money to a director to make the project big, make it work, and above all make it bigger than Saw IV.
Even looking at those other names I'm surprised. Although Akiva Goldsman could have made this his first feature directing project, he would have had some free reign to do what he wanted.
Now I could see Brad Anderson who directed Session 9, The Machinist and Transsiberian (Filmstalker review), doing it, but to me he would be the top end of the range of directors that could possibly be thought of for the film. The same goes for the choice of Greg McLean, although his superb Wolf Creek (Filmstalker review) wasn't followed by great success in Rogue.
Yet the story from L.A. Times through Bloody Disgusting does point out that there are only eight months before the release date of Halloween, that's not a lot of time for a director, especially ones with calibre.
I do think there's a lot of puffing up of feathers here, and this is a message to Lionsgate more than anything. Do I really believe that some of these names have been approached? Some yes, but I really can't see DePalma considering the film, nor Goldsman.
All this from the losing of the first choice director for the film, Kevin Greutert, back to Lionsgate who pulled his contract strings to get him on Saw IV just when it was announced he was doing the second Paranormal Activity and was really pleased about it. Not now.