The director’s behind last year’s controversial documentary Catfish, Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, have been reportedly hired by Paramount to direct the third installment in the studio’s Paranormal Activity franchise. They’re an interesting choice and it appears that Paramount is presuming that documentary experience will translate to authentically replicating the “found footage” conceit of the Paranormal Activity movies.
Christopher B. Landon, who wrote the second film, is busily working on the script for part three. Joost and Schulman will have quite the high stress job in front of them once they get the completed screenplay in their hands as the studio has already scheduled the film to open in just under six months from now on October 21. Paranormal Activity 2, which opened on the same weekend last year, was just starting production in May 2010, so the short time frame isn’t a completely insurmountable obstacle.
As with the second installment, there is no information was to what the story may be about. Presumably, it will center on wither the family of the character of Katie (Katie Featherstone) who has been featured in both of the previous franchise installments.