Paramount and Blumhouse’s upcoming new installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise will be going straight to Paramount+, with Christopher Landon (Happy Death Day, Freaky) on board to write and William Eubank (Underwater) directing. The movie had been dated for release on March 4, 2022, but it was subsequently pushed off the calendar.
What does that mean? Well, according to ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish, the plan is now for the franchise’s next installment to arrive on Paramount+ sometime *this year*.
“New original movies like Paranormal Activity and The In Between will premiere on Paramount+ by the end of ’21,” Bakish announced this week, as reported by THR today.
Bakish continued, “All of this is a preview to a substantial ramping up of original movies next year, when we expect to begin averaging an original movie a week in 2022.”
It’s unclear if the new Paranormal Activity will have some kind of theatrical release in addition to its availability on Paramount+, but we’ll keep you posted as we learn more.
The new movie has been recently described as “an unexpected retooling” of the franchise, reportedly continuing the tradition of taking a “found footage” approach.
Emily Bader, Roland Buck III, Dan Lippert and Henry Ayres-Brown lead the cast.
Christopher Landon is no stranger to the franchise, having written the second, third and fourth installments of the series, along with writing and directing PA: The Marked Ones.