Paramount Pictures Punching Up ‘Paranormal’ Director’s ‘Area 51′

Bloody Disgusting is being told that director/actor Chris Denham has been hired to do some rewrites on Area 51, Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli’s sophomore effort that will also go back behind cameras to shoot some addition footage.

The film, which stars Reid Warner, Darrin Bragg, and Ben Rovner, employs the “found footage” narrative structure that Peli used in Paranormal Activity to tell the story of three teens whose curiosity leads them to the notorious Area 51 portion of Nellis Air Force Base in the Nevada desert.

As we always like to remind readers, additional photography isn’t always a negative. Many times it’s to add more gore, an intense scene, or to just string together the story a bit more. Paramount also had Super 8 on their release schedule, so it seemed kind of odd to release two similar themed (yet completely polar opposite in budgetary costs) films in the same quarter. I personally cannot wait to see what Peli’s second directorial effort produces.

Since the release of Paranormal, Peli has also produced Insidious and Rob Zombie’s forthcoming The Lords of Salem. He is also the creator/producer on ABC’s forthcoming pilot “The River”. Big stuff!