Rejoice, horror movie fans! Paramount Pictures is releasing Paranormal Activity 7, a sequel to Pet Sematary, and Arie Posin’s newest effort The In Between on their streaming service, Paramount Plus (Paramount+), in the near future.
Paramount Plus will replace CBS All Access on March 4. The platform is currently offering 50 percent off for your first year and plans to release multiple original titles.
Almost 15 years after the release of Paranormal Activity — now known as Paranormal Activity 1 — Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions are back with another chapter in the thrilling series. And it’s no surprise, considering the original film had a $15,000 budget and is now one of Paramount Pictures highest-grossing film series of all time with nearly $900 million worldwide at the box office.
Paranormal Activity 7
Written by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity, Happy Death Day, Freaky) and directed by Will Eubank (The Signal, Underwater), Paranormal Activity 7 is set up for success. Landon’s fun and interesting take on the horror genre should be enough to keep what could quickly become a stale sequel fresh.
Paranormal Activity legends Jason Blum and Oren Peli will produce the new project with Landon and Steven Schneider as executive producers.
Unfortunately, Paranormal Activity 7 is still in the early stages of production, so don’t expect it to release any time soon. The film has been green-lighted by Paramount Pictures, however, and with the COVID-19 pandemic bringing the working world to a grinding halt, there has been plenty of time for the writers to fine tune their newest project.
The earliest we expect to see Paranormal Activity 7 hit Paramount Plus is late March 2022, perhaps longer.
There is currently no official casting, but as Looper predicted, Katie Featherston making her return to the Paranormal Activity series makes a lot of sense. The series may want to tie up loose ends as they “set a new course” for the film, according to Landon’s own words.
New Pet Sematary
Pet Sematary (2019) wasn’t an immediate success in the critics’ eyes. Reviews ranged from semi-positive to extremely negative.
“This newest adaptation proves that, when written and directed with care, there’s still life in the world of horror created by Stephen King,” Atavia Reed of Chicago Reader wrote.
“King’s simple and elegant premise has been transformed into secondhand claptrap,” Jason Bailey of Flavorwire rebutted.
Regardless of what the critics think, Paramount Pictures is moving forward with a sequel (or prequel) to the most recent Pet Sematary.
This will likely be a major departure from Stephen King’s original written work with Jeff Buhler (Pet Sematary, The Midnight Meat Train) writing the script and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Four Brothers, The Meg) producing.
Hopefully this doesn’t turn into a complete money grab to milk the last remaining dollars from the series already-impressive $175 million grossed worldwide.
The In Between
Unfortunately, almost nothing is known about Arie Posin’s (Over My Dead Body, The Face of Love) newest, ghostly effort, The In Between.
We do, however, have a cast and a basic plot synopsis.
The film will follow a teenage girl who lost her boyfriend in a brutal car accident. Her boyfriend is apparently attempting to reconnect with her from the afterworld.
The cast includes Joey King, Kyle Allen, John Ortiz, and Kim Dickens, according to Deadline.
The producers are Robbie Brenner, Andrew Deane, and Joey King. The executive producers are Jamie King and Marc Klein.