We recently reported on how Saw VI director Kevin Greutert, was up to helm the sequel to the surprise hit, Paranormal Activity. According to Cinemablend, the folks over at Lionsgate, the studio producing the Saw films, have forced Greutert to direct the next installment of their series, which would delay production on Paramount’s Paranormal Activity 2.
By forcing the director to take on Saw VII, Paranormal Activity 2 might not make its Halloween 2010 release date.
Here’s what Greutert wrote on his blog,
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 shit up.
It is unknown whether a new director will be chosen to direct the next Paranormal Activity, but Paramount should be releasing an official statement soon.
This seems like a power play by Lionsgate, but a smart move nonetheless. Their attempt at sabotaging the Paramount cash-cow might actually work. It will be interesting to see if they choose a new director or stay with Greutert. If Paramount decides to wait it out, they might have time to make the film better by not rushing it to theaters, thus making the longer wait worth it. Gotta look at it as a glass half full, right?
Do you think Lionsgate is wrong for forcing Greutert to direct Saw VII?