The makers of the popular English horror film franchise Paranormal Activity have announced a reboot. The latest film will be helmed by filmmaker William Eubank and Christopher Landon, who is known for the 2017 horror film Happy Death Day.
While the plot details have not been revealed yet, the film is slated to release on March 4, 2022.
Eubank, who previously directed the 2020 thriller film Underwater is all set to direct the upcoming film. It will be written by Landon, who has written the last few instalments in the Paranormal Activity franchise.
According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Landon “a Paranormal stalwart who wrote four of the previous movies before going on to become a hit horror director in his own right, will pen the script for what is being described by insiders as an “unexpected retooling” of the franchise, being made by Paramount Players.”
The reboot will be produced by Jason Blum and Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli.
Blum, who owns the production company Blumhouse, has also worked on other horror films such as Insidious and Sinister franchises.
Steven Schneider will serve as the film’s executive producer, along with Christopher Landon.
The franchise is famous for its found-footage style, a subgenre where the film is presented as audio-visual material that has been discovered as film/video recordings. The reboot will also be shot in the same format.
Paranormal Activity was first released in 2007 and its success led to multiple sequels. The movies are based on a mysterious entity terrorising members of a family and ultimately murdering them.
Known for its low budgets, the first film was reportedly made on a budget of $15,000. However, it became a highly profitable venture as it earned $193 million in the box office. The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “The movies capitalized on the growing use of video and cell phone cameras to tell spooky and jump-scare-filled tales to great effect.”
The sixth instalment titled Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension was released in 2015.
According to Collider, the 2016 film Blair Witch is said to be the last film that followed the found-footage style.