‘Paranormal Activity 5’ Finds a Director to Join Newly-Minted Screenwriters

By September 27, 2013


Just one day after Paramount Pictures set Hollywood’s most in-demand found footage screenwriters to pen their Paranormal Activity 5, the studio has now found a director for the project. And, no, it won’t be the Catfish guys again (though those two did a hell of a job making oscillating fans and large sheets look incredibly terrifying).

But while the new director might not be recognizable in the traditional sense, he’s been a big member of the PA family for quite some time. Editor and producer Gregory Plotkin will make his directorial debut on the film, after editing the last four films (including the upcoming spin-off, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) and co-producing the last three films. As Deadline Hollywood reports it, Plotkin has become increasingly more involved with the films, so it makes sense that Paramount would want to move someone so familiar with the franchise behind the camera to continue their blockbuster series.


Though the film will be Plotkin’s first directing gig, he’s got a long resume packed with editing jobs on some extremely varied films, from He’s Just Not That Into You to Pay It Forward to The Insider, all the way down to Flipper and Weekend At Bernie’s II. No, you’re not imagining things, Plotkin’s resume really is that intensely insane. Good for him.

The film will open in October of 2014. Are you still interested in this franchise, or has it run its course? Sound off below.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.
  • Violet Spiller

    Paranormal Activity scares me to death, but I love it.