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

Written by on April 7, 2012 

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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