Paranormal Activity started as a low budget, effectively creepy surprise, but it’s now become a full-fledged franchise, complete with sequels and spin-offs of its own. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is the spin-off that’s technically the fifth film in the franchise, but Paranormal Activity 5 (the fifth movie in the main timeline, I guess?) has just received a brand new title and a fresh release date to go along with it.
The newly-titled Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension was initially slated for 2013, then scheduled to open this October, but was pushed back all the way until 2016, leaving a huge gap between PA 4 (which came out in 2012) and PA 5. (The Marked Ones came out in January of this year.) Now the project has been moved up a year, and will hit theaters on March 13, 2015.
Gregory Plotkin, who edited the last four films and co-produced the last three, will make his directorial debut on The Ghost Dimension, with the writing team of Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark penning the screenplay. Early word pegs the story as a return to the main franchise storyline surrounding the baby-snatching demon Katie (Katie Featherston), but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
The ending of The Marked Ones left some major questions about what we know about the events of this franchise, and there might even be a time travel element at play this time around, so we could see characters who were previously thought to be dead back in action in The Ghost Dimension. Will someone with a handheld camera physically go into another world, like the one seen in Poltergeist? Time will tell.
Hey, at least the writers have supposedly come up with a coherent conclusion to the series. Now we’ll just have to see if audiences keep showing up long enough to get there.
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