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Is ‘Paranormal Activity 5’ Being Fast-Tracked? (Exclusive)

July 30 Update: while the film is being fast-tracked, it’s looking like the studio is aiming for an October 2015 release.

Earlier last month we reported that Paramount Pictures was putting the brakes on Paranormal Activity 5, delaying its release until 2016. That was quite a bump considering it was slated for release this October 24.

Well, a source close to the production tells Bloody Disgusting exclusively that Paramount Pictures and Blumhouse Productions are fast-tracking the fifth film, with very unrealistic hopes hitting the original October release. They know this October is a long shot, but at least there’s serious movement that could bring fans a new PA in 2015. I should also note, however, that I have not confirmed with either entity, although our regular tipster is typically right on the money.

Right now, Greg Plotkin is working at lightning speed from a screenplay by Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark.

Some plot details were teased in this leaked casting breakdown from this past January.

Sources tell us that there was a lot of difficulty cracking this story, and that there’s even been talk about quietly removing the found-footage aspect at some point in the future – although, it should be known that Paramount is a big supporter of the found-footage subgenre.

With Paranormal Actity: The Marked Ones underperforming, you have to wonder if the October date is a must for the studio – or if people were just confused by the spin-off implications. It could also be said that maybe the audience is sick of the franchise. It’s hard to say, considering Lionsgate’s Saw did quite well for them over the course of seven films. PA5 would be the sixth, so maybe there’s an end in sight – before the eventual reboot.

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