Paramount and the producers of Paranormal Activity are prepping a spin-off of sorts.
THR writes that the new project will reunite producers Jason Blum and Oren Peli with Christopher Landon, the writer of the second and third installment of the Paranormal movies.
Christopher Landon (Disturbia) will write and direct the project, described by sources as a “cousin” to the Paranormal movies but not a sequel or reboot, nor a spin-off. The real kicker is that the movie will be Latino-themed. It will star a Latino cast and will tackle Catholic-based paranormal mythology. It will not, however, be in Spanish.
The aim is to make the micro-budgeted movie in the next several months.
Paramount could potentially have the movie ready for an early January 2013 slot. This past January, the studio released the Catholic-centered found-footage horror movie The Devil Inside; the movie was made for about $1 million and grossed $53 million domestically and $46 million internationally. (The three Paranormal movies have grossed more than $575 million. A fourth film is set for release in October.)
Latinos are a growing market for Hollywood studios, and it’s pretty amazing to see Paramount cater to them. The Latino population in the U.S. sees movies at a higher rate than non-Latinos, and because they are heavily Catholic, religious-themed horror movies tend to play well in heavily-Latino markets. The territories of Central and South America are also fertile grounds for these kinds of movies.