It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade since Oren Peli’s micro-budget indie Paranormal Activity rose from relative obscurity in 2007 to become a box-office champion two years later – eventually racking up $193 million in worldwide grosses, jump-starting the “Found Footage” horror subgenre, and spawning multiple sequels (not to mention hundreds of imitators). It also made producer Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions a household name among horror fans worldwide.
The last official entry in the canon, 3-D sequel Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, premiered in 2015 – and at that time, Blum considered it to be the conclusion of the PA story arc. Even fans of the films felt it had played itself out.
But that may all change soon: According to Variety, Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos has announced the franchise is returning to haunt screens on March 19, 2021.
Details are extremely slim at this stage, and it hasn’t been clarified whether the as-yet-untitled feature will continue within the original canon – in which a sinister cult and an invisible but powerful demon nickamed “Toby” manipulate multiple families to fulfill a horrific prophecy – or if the film will reboot the franchise with a completely new storyline.
Regardless, we’ll be keeping watch on this one… so stay tuned for updates!