Paramount pushes Paranormal Activity 5 to 2016

News Simon Brew 19 Jun 2014 - 06:01

A further delay hits the next film in the Paranormal Activity series...

Another delay is in store for the planned Paranormal Activity 5. Originally planned for release in October 2013, the movie was pushed back to October 2014 towards the end of last year. Furthermore, spin-off film Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones was slotted in for a January 2014 release, where it did decent business when it hit cinemas.

But another delay has now hit the new Paranormal Activity sequel. Paramount has revealed that it's pushing the next film back by two more years, and it's added the movie to its 2016 slate. Whether the studio will pursue an independent follow-up to The Marked Ones to fill the gap remains to be seen.

We've no word on who's directing Paranormal Activity 5 yet either. We hope it picks up directly from the ending of Paranormal Activity 4 though. That could be fun.


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Maybe they have a bit of trouble with getting a story together? Seems strange, because it didn't stop them the first half a dozen times.

I thought Paranormal Activity 4 was nigh-unwatchable, to be frank.

Paranormal Activity 4 began to lose my attention and The Marked Ones was just rubbish, but who knows, maybe a long break will help inject some freshness into the franchise.

Maybe they will actually secure a budget and script for this film. The first one was interesting because you didn't know what to expect... But two hours of badly filmed nothing can only be scary so many times. This mind-bendingly boring cash grab needs to evolve into something new if tins to continue. The last one bored me... And I watched it on fast forward on Netflix, knowing full well the last five minutes would be the only mildly entertaining portion of the thing.

Have to say PA 4 was my favourite of the series, it danced around the story arc sure, but I thought there were some brilliant ideas scare-wise. Just my opinion.

For me it was probably 2, mainly because I wasn't expecting it to tie in so beautifully with the first.

Okay, so I'm in the minority here, but I've enjoyed all of them. But I can't for the life of me understand why all the delays. It's not like the films cost much, and they've had such quick production turnarounds with the previous sequels...

I agree, it was very cleverly done in that it overlapped with the first film.

I enjoy these films, personally. They are very well-made thought out films which have an extra human dimension of horror (Micah, Ali's Dad, some of the demon's all too human evil) to them, but I think a hitaus (considering the knife scene in Paranormal Activity 4) might be the best thing for them.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones was enjoyable, but explained too much of the mythology and the ending was a little...out there, it's best to keep this story on a small scale.

So, in your world half a dozen = 5?!?!
Well done!!

Aren't they also working on another spin off at the moment? That would bring it up to six or half a dozen.

Im glad wikipedia told me that this was a rumor , im a huge fan of the series, but I wish that the said rumor would be a hoax

Have you seen it? No, so it's 5.

In a world where a dozen is five, one man fights the establishment!

Yeah I'm with you, this is my "I know I shouldn't like these films but I really really do" franchise, but the delays on this one are weird. The end of 4 was a perfect set up for something to follow it and then...nothing (except the spin off).

I liked 2, but I think I have a soft spot for 3 just for the kitchen scene.
PA4 had an excellent ending and really tied in a lot of stuff.

Well you can be Frank, but can I still be Paul?

I'd prefer Tim, if it's all the same to you, sir.

The kitchen scene was great, definitely the highlight of that one for me.

Can I ask what you mean when you say "considering the knife scene in PA4?" I've seen the film and scene in question, but not quite sure what you're expressing in regards to it :)

Same here, I don't see any of them as masterpieces of cinema, but I greatly enjoy them for what they are and see some great ideas and set pieces in all of them.
And yeah, it is rather weird. I mean a two year gap was understandable, give the films a little break, but a total of a four year gap between 4 and 5 (yes I know there's the spin off) does seem odd. Hopefully there's a good reason behind it.

So I have to be Tim, or you have to be Tim?

I'm done with this franchise. Can't wait two years..

Maybe they're running out of idea's that could be an answer as to why PA5 is being delayed.

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