‘Paranormal Activity’ Director Takes Ghost Town Detour

Glen Basner’s FilmNation is to fully finance its first film, a prestige genre title that Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli is set to direct this summer, writes Screen Daily.

Basner and his team will commence international pre-sales here on the untitled story, which Peli, riding high after producing the North American hit Insidious, will direct from his own screenplay and is producing with Brian Witten.

The horror film will tell the “tale of friends who discover they are not alone after they become stranded in a ghost town overrun by nature.

Nature gone wrong is NOT an easy subgenre to pull off, which is why it mostly comes off in the vein of Piranha, Killer Bees or might I add M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening (yikes). Hopefully Peli can defy the odds!

Peli directed and produced Paranormal Activity and produced the sequel. He also directed and wrote the upcoming Paramount acquisition Area 51 and produced Barry Levinson’s eco-horror The Bay, which Lionsgate will release in the US.

Former Paramount evp Witten is partners with Richard Saperstein at The Genre Company and is producing a remake of 1958 sci-fi The Blob and Stephen King adaptation Cell.