Paranormal Activity sequel risks being a Blair Witch 2

The surprise hit Paranormal Activity will spawn a not-so-surprising sequel, and it's being given a release date right around Halloween this year.

The sequel's story and title are being kept a big secret (we vote against something like Book of Shadows: Paranormal Activity 2).

It's questionable whether the sequel will capture the lightning-in-a-bottle serendipity of the first movie, which caught everyone off guard with its simple, realistic and very creepy story of a couple dealing with a malevolent haunting in their bedroom. Remember that Blair Witch Project sequel? We do, and we hope history doesn't repeat itself.

Here's how The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog reported the news:

Paramount has hired screenwriter Michael R. Perry and director Kevin Greutert to create the sequel to 2009's biggest surprise hit, "Paranormal Activity," which scared up $151 million in worldwide grosses in the fall on a shoestring $15,000 budget and a shrewd, opt-in Web marketing campaign.

Significantly, Paramount will unleash it in theaters on the pre-Halloween weekend of October 22, which sets it against that date's reigning champion in previous years, the next installment in Lionsgate's "Saw" series (this year would be "VII").

Greutert was an editor on the Saw movies and directed the sixth one. Perry is a TV writer whose credits include episodes of Millennium.

Original Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli (who shot the movie in his actual house) will be a producer on the sequel, along with Jason Blum, who was Peli's partner.

Do you think a sequel's a good idea? How do you think it should work?

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