Tod “Kip” Williams has signed on to direct this fall’s sequel to Paranormal Activity. Cue Michael from Arrested Development: “Him?” Previously, Brian De Palma and Akiva Goldsman (one of the project’s producers) had been rumored to possibly helm the sequel after Kevin Greutert couldn’t do it. (Lionsgate’s Saw 3D opens the same not-quite-haunted-yet day as the Paranormal sequel: October 22.)
“Kip is the guy we want at the helm, because he knows exactly what we want to deliver to the fans,” writes producer Oren Peli, who directed the original Paranormal. Neato. Who wants to find out what Kip Williams has done besides marry Gretchen Mol?
Williams directed a 1999 coming-of-age drama called The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (“Its messiness is integral to its fluky, downbeat charm,” said EW’s Owen Gleiberman) and 2004’s The Door in the Floor, an adaptation of the John Irving novel A Widow for One Year starring Jeff Bridges, Kim Basinger, and tiny Elle Fanning. I recommend watching that movie’s trailer — sure, the audio’s a little off, but it’s been a few weeks since OMG OSCAR SEASON and your Jeff Bridges withdrawal is getting really, really bad.
I’m intrigued by the offbeat choice — as intrigued as I was by Paranormal Activity, anyway, so, “kind of.” I’m certainly more likely to see the sequel now. Do you plan on seeing Paranormal Activity 2, and does it matter to you who directs it?