“PARANORMAL ACTIVITY” scribe hints at franchise finaleMovies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
Is there any horror franchise at the moment that’s as divisive as PARANORMAL ACTIVITY? While many are seeing franchise fatigue, especially after THE MARKED ONES’ disappointing opening-weekend numbers, others can’t get enough of the silly and freaky places that the franchise’s mythology is taking audiences. However, if you’re getting the feeling that things are beginning to lean toward a definitive climax, you’re not the only one.
Series screenwriter Christopher Landon tells Slashfilm that there is a endgame for Blumhouse and Paramount’s flagship fright franchise. In the interview, most of which has been withheld for spoilers regarding THE MARKED ONES’ game-changing ending, Landon, who also directed this latest entry, says, “We’re trying to tee up things that are coming, especially in [PARANORMAL ACTIVITY] 5… We’ve always been looking ahead. I’ll say this much. There is a very specific end goal and I’m hoping we have enough time in the franchise to get there. We have a really big idea that’s at the finish line but we need time to get there. So we’re hoping the fans keep coming back and allow us to get them there.”
Personally, this writer is not surprised that the series has got an ending in sight. Following the ousting of Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman as directors after the lackluster PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 (which had the franchise’s then-lowest opening box-office weekend) as well as the bumping of THE MARKED ONES out of these movies’ traditional Halloween berth (though PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 5 is currently slotted for this coming October), suspicions naturally began to arise. This was only confirmed by THE MARKED ONES—which, without giving too much away, feels like the meeting of several of the franchise’s crossroads. So what do you think? Are you glad that the film series is attempting to conclude its mythology, or do you want to see even more found-footage spookshows?