Jason Blum on his reluctance to bring Paranormal Activity back

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Paranormal Activity 7 may be on its way – and it’s been completed – but that doesn’t mean Jason Blum was initially keen on the idea.

With the first film now some 14 years old, Paranormal Activity was one of the key franchises that helped build Jason Blum’s Blumhouse empire. Yet even the man himself has admitted he got a bit tired of it, and wasn’t really planning to bring it back.

Still, a new untitled entry in the series – let’s call if Paranormal Activity 7 – has now been completed, and it’s just looking for a space in the release schedule. Directed by Will Eubank and penned by Happy Death Day and Freaky’s Christopher Landon, Blum has been nattering to Collider about why the franchise is coming back.

He admitted that “Paramount wanted to continue Paranormal Activity, I probably would have left it alone”, and that if the decision was made to do it again, “there was no way to continue the road that we’d been down”. “It was tired”, Blum said.

As such, “I really encouraged all the creative people involved to think of something new. A lot of people who are going to go see the new Paranormal Activity were three years old when the first Paranormal Activity came out, so they don’t even know from those older movies”.

We wait and see whether the film will actually get a cinema release, or if Paramount will send it straight to its US-based streaming service Paramount+. We’ll bring you more news on the sequel/reboot/whatever it is as we hear it.

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