EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has set Tod “Kip” Williams to direct Paranormal Activity 2, the sequel to the sleeper smash. (UPDATE: I beat producer Oren Peli to the punch. He didn’t make the announcement on the PA website until 8:45 AM.) That job became available when Kevin Greutert was forced to depart when Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures enforced an option that made him the director of Saw 3D, the film that opens against the Paranormal sequel on October 22. Interesting choice of a filmmaker best known for directing The Door in the Floor, an inventive adaptation of the John Irving novel A Widow For One Year. The sequel was written by Michael Perry and is being produced by Oren Peli (who directed the original) and Jason Blum, with Akiva Goldsman and Steven Schneider exec producers. Production will start in May.
UPDATE: Here’s what Peli wrote on the PA website: 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… I don’t want to spoil the story but I promise it’ll surprise you”.