Mike Medavoy has optioned the Christopher Buehlman literary horror novel Those Across The River with Paranormal Activity 2‘s Tod “Kip” Williams attached to write the script and direct the film version.
“The book is about a small Southern town in Georgia in 1935. A WWI veteran moves there with his new wife after they inherit a home passed down through his family. He intends to write a book about his grandfather, an evil plantation owner, but soon realizes that there are some crazy things going on, including residents that are being killed and eaten. It’s the Depression, and the horror begins after the town abandons a practice of sending two pigs each month across the river, though they’ve never figured exactly what happened to those animals.” READ MORE
In an age where the common train of thought for sequels is bigger equals better, it’s surprising that Paranormal Activity 2‘s problems don’t stem from inflated egos and bloated budgets. It’s not that I expected Robot Heaven or a flood of new villains in Tod Williams’ follow-up to Oren Peli’s minimalist blockbuster, but I’m shocked that Tinseltown’s proclivity towards it’s tried-and-true methods are almost completely absent. Looking at it from a strictly genre standpoint, it does indeed match or double the body count of the original (depending on which version you saw), and the scares are a bit more elaborate, but in the end, its rules and confines aren’t changed much, save for one notable (and spoilerific) exception. Like REC 2, it furthers the mythology of the franchise with a few surprises, and will possibly change your perception of previously seen events, putting it on the same level as its predecessor; nothing more, nothing less.