Paramount Scares Up Writer, Director for ‘Paranormal Activity’ Sequel

Screenwriter Michael R. Perry and director Kevin Greutert have been hired to create the sequel to 2009’s biggest surprise hit, Paranormal Activity, the Heat Vision blog reports.

Paramount will release the film on the pre-Halloween weekend of Oct. 22, pitting it against Lionsgate’s next installment in the Saw franchise.

In a symbolic twist, Heat Vision notes, Greutert made his directorial debut on the sixth Saw film. 

Jason Blum and Oren Peli, who masterminded the first Activity, are producing the second scarer. Steven Schneider will serve as executive producer.

“These guys get it, and the fans won’t be disappointed,” said Peli of Perry and Greutert’s participation.

Perry is a longtime TV writer-producer (Millennium, The Guardian) whose spec feature script, The Voices, landed in the third slot on the 2009 Black List.

Greutert was the editor of the first five films in the Saw series before directing last year’s sixth edition.