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‘Paranormal Activity’ Getting “Cousin” Franchise With Latino Bent

Posted by , on April 7, 2012 at 10:30 am 

Although Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are already at work on Paranormal Activity 4, and although that film will undoubtedly lead to a fifth, sixth, probably even seventh entry, the big financial reapings of one franchise aren’t enough for its producers. According to THR, Oren Peli and Jason Blum will collaborate with Christopher Landon — screenwriter of Paranormal‘s second and third installments — on a film that, while labeled a “cousin” to the aforementioned series, will not be “a sequel, reboot or spinoff.”

Well, that’s nothing too peculiar — that is, until you go just a little further and learn that this will cater toward Latino audiences, have a Latino cast, and even go so far as to “tackle Catholic-based paranormal mythology.” (Comparisons to Paramount’s own The Devil Inside feel a little tone deaf, all things considered.) Landon will write and direct the film; production is expected to get going in the next few months, and January 2013 is the studio’s ideal point of release.

I am, admittedly, a complete and total neophyte in terms of the Paranormal Activity series — which might not matter, since this isn’t actually connected in the truest sense of the word — but, any disinterest notwithstanding, I’m always willing to embrace a new genre entry when it’s done right. Hopefully being neither Latino nor Catholic will inhibit me, either.

Is another series of this nature something you’d be willing to see?

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