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Monday, March 1, 2010
Reading over the many web postings the past few days about the possibility of Brian De Palma directing the sequel to Paranormal Activity, it is a little surprising how shocked many people are by the prospect. I think a lot of people overlook the idea that a sequel to this sort of movie can essentially be an entirely new movie-- clearly, regardless of the screenplay (which may or may not have been completed yet), if De Palma were to sign on for the project, he would be making a Brian De Palma film. And clearly, if Paramount is considering hiring De Palma to direct the film, the whole reason they would do so is because they would expect a Brian De Palma film. Okay, so if the project were to be a go, De Palma would have the freedom to make a film dealing with the paranormal, which itself offers up myriad possibilities of visual storytelling, which happens to be his thing. The film brand ("Paranormal Activity") being what it is, and with a release date already being hyped, it would be a showcase already primed by the machine-- a showcase for whichever director takes on the project. As a De Palma fan, I would love to see him work in this genre with this kind of freedom, and a built-in audience that would hopefully be surprised. The film may happen with De Palma, or it may not, but it sounds like a very good idea.

Posted by Geoff at 2:55 AM CST
Updated: Monday, March 1, 2010 2:59 AM CST
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Monday, March 1, 2010 - 6:47 AM CST

Name: "rado"
Home Page: http://spaze.info

yes of course: paramount... tentpole title... de palma... huge success... followed by a paramount de palma personal thriller... it could be 1996 again, in a good way. especially if it takes only 2-4 weeks of shooting

Monday, March 1, 2010 - 12:36 PM CST

Name: "Andreas"

Yes, if Brian De Palma would direct Paranormal Activity 2, it surely would be a »Brian De Palma film« and therefore a cinematic event instead of a unnecessary sequel to a overhyped film. And yes, i'm sure he could create a great visual horror thriller under these constellations. A chance for a mainstream comeback? Why not?

But i don't think people were shocked because they ignored the possibilities. My spontaneous, emotional reaction was: »Are they kidding? They dare to bother one of the greatest living directors with PA2? If he says no, will they go to Scorsese and ask him?« I first thought it was a joke. I had to think about it for a while before i began to look at it from a more rational point of view.

Monday, March 1, 2010 - 12:49 PM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.briandepalma.org

But I think some are shocked because they are ignoring the possibilities-- one person even tweeted, "Why is De Palma even thinking about directing this movie?", adding, "he really doesn't care about his career any more"-- which is the exact opposite of why someone would think about directing this movie. As you suggest, Andreas, a chance at a mainstream success that would make it somewhat easier to get his other projects realized.

Monday, March 1, 2010 - 12:55 PM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.briandepalma.org

And, I should add, we're not talking about FLASHDANCE, or a sequel to THE HANGOVER, but a sequel to an imaginative film that De Palma most likely appreciated (we'd have to ask him to be certain) for its low budget innovations-- a sequel to which he can certainly sink his teeth into. 

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