Let's recap, shall we?
Last year, director Kevin Greutert's "Saw VI" took the series' first real blow from the low-budget phenomenon that was "Paranormal Activity." The "Saw" folks, who had pretty much owned Halloween for the previous five years, were not happy about this while Oren Pelli, who produced and directed "Paranormal Activity," was.
David Hackl, who directed the lackluster "Saw V," was tapped to work on the seventh film in the franchise and Paramount went off to find a director for the inevitable sequel to their own unlikely success. And they found that director...in Kevin Greutert...dealing yet another blow to the "Saw" franchise by stealing away their own director.
Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures, however, fought back, exercising a clause in Greutert's contract that legally obligated him to direct "Saw VII," despite his own personal objections, and removed Hackl from the gig with the promise that they'd attach him to something else.
After searching for a replacement director, Paramount has hired "The Door in the Floor" director Tod 'Kip' Williams to helm the "Paranormal" sequel.
While it should be obvious that my enthusiasm for a "Paranormal" sequel is limited, Peli is singing praise about the studio’s choice of director for the sequel to his pet project:
“I have some awesome news for the fans of ‘Paranormal Activity' - Director Kip Williams will join us for the next chapter of the story. We are thrilled to have Kip working with us. He is the guy we want at the helm, because he knows exactly what we want to deliver to the fans… and I can’t wait to be a part of what he’s putting together. I don’t want to spoil the story but I promise it’ll surprise you. Stay tuned.”
"Paranormal Activity 2" should start shooting in May and is slated to take on rival horror film "Saw VII" on October 22, 2010.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Screen Rant, UGO Movie Blog