Over on the Paramount website, the director of Paranormal Activity, Oren Peli has officially put all the rumors on who will direct the sequel to bed and announced that Paranormal Activity 2 will be directed by Kip Williams. Despite the rumors that Akiva Goldsma, Kevin Greutert, Greg McLean and even Brian De Palma (that’s a big one) might be coming on board, Peli went with director he believes in.
Although it’s still a shame that Peli won’t be staying on to direct the film himself, it seems that he’s (at least through the Paramount website) happily handing over the reins to Williams as a director and I’m sure he’ll stay on as some kind of producer (at least an executive that walks on, gets a cup of coffee and says “I love/hate it!” and goes back to another project). Here’s what Peli wrote…
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 for you but I promise it’ll surprise you. Stay Tuned.
Although Peli is still finishing up his other film Area 51, it still feels odd that he’s not returning for the sequel. He’s obviously “hot” right now and fans are dying to see what he’ll do next. Perhaps, Peli is simply done with Paranormal Activity and wants to move on? Maybe he’s been a fan of Williams and wants to see what he can do with it? Maybe there’s something else…. the fact is, we don’t know! But we do know a bit about Williams…
Kip Williams, who is also known as Tod Williams, is a somewhat experienced director who has mainly made quality films that have stayed under the radar (but not for long) with big names such as Harrison Ford, Jeff Bridges, Kim Basinger and many others. Williams has written and directed Wings Over the Rockies (2009), The Door in the Floor (2004), The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998), and later this year will have Jar City, a film he just directed out in theaters. His films seem to be quite a bit different from Paranormal Activity, but he’s someone who focuses on story and character, so it might just be a matter of taking that and swapping the genre.
Although it’s odd not to see Oren come back for the sequel, it is nice to see that Paramount didn’t hire someone like Michael Bay or even the aforementioned Akiva Goldsman who may have tried to kill the film with money and special effects. The heart of this film is it’s independent nature. It’s important that the person taking the reins is not a complete newbie, but another up and coming, indie director used to working with small budgets on projects he’s passionate about.
What do you think about the swap?