De Palma, McLean Up For “Paranormal” Sequel

“Scarface” and “The Untouchables” director Brian De Palma is amongst the shortlist of three directors under consideration to helm the “Paranormal Activity” sequel at Paramount Pictures reports The Los Angeles Times.

The other two who’ve apparently made the list are more recent genre directors – Connecticut-born Brad Anderson and Australian filmmaker Greg McLean. Anderson penned and directed 2001’s low-budget asylum-set “Session 9” and 2008’s Emily Mortimer/Ben Kingsley murder thriller “Transsiberian”. McLean shot to fame with 2005’s outback-set horror film “Wolf Creek” and followed that up with 2007 giant crocodile creature feature “Rogue” starring Sam Worthington and Radha Mitchell.

After spending many months bouncing around film festivals, Paramount bought and released the ultra low-budget indie supernatural thriller ‘Activity’ last Fall. With marketing fuelled almost entirely by low-cost word of mouth and online viral campaigns, the film went on to make more than $100 million at the U.S. domestic box-office – stellar business for a movie made for just $10,000.

That film’s director Oren Peli has gone on to work on “Area 51” and Paramount lined up “Saw VI” director Kevin Greutert to helm the ‘Activity’ sequel. Then last month, Lionsgate exercised its option on Greutert to direct the next “Saw” film which is opening the same weekend, causing Paramount to now scramble and find a director.