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Latest ‘Paranormal Activity’ Sequel Set for 2021

Found-footage fans rejoice!  As reported by Deadline, the hauntingly successful Paranormal Activity franchise is set for another sequel to be released in 2021, according to studio Paramount.  Blumhouse will once again be producing the film, which will be the seventh cinematic installment in the series.

It will be interesting to see where Blumhouse is going with the popular line of ghost films, as the last movie seemed to wrap up the ongoing story-line rather neatly.  Paranormal Activity has been known to incorporate the latest technological fads throughout its run, including HD security footage, Skype, video game consoles infrared and video conferencing.  The basis of the new version is anyone’s guess; as of right now, there have been no script or formal cast announcements.  Time travel and wormholes are just two concepts that have already been explored by the various writers and directors employed during its run (including original writer-director Oren Peli.)  To date, the six previous Paranormal Activity films have grossed an impressive $890 million worldwide on total budgets of only $28 million.  More Blumhouse horror magic on display. read more

Paramount Cancels David Fincher’s ‘World War Z’ Sequel

The long-awaited sequel to World War Z has been officially cancelled by Paramount Pictures, according to an exclusive report from The Playlist.

The report cites the film’s ballooning budget as a concern, but the bigger concern for Paramount was where the funds were being spent. When it came down to gambling on future profits, Paramount took the safe bet, and bankrolled Mission Impossible 7 & 8 (which will arrive in the summer of 2021 and 2022) instead of continuing the zombie franchise.

World War Z 2 has a long history of delays and missteps, as the film was originally scheduled to be directed by A Monster Calls director J.A. Bayona.  When Bayona left the project, producer and star Brad Pitt went after Fincher, and announced that his Fight Club director would assume control of the project in the fall of 2016.  The World War Z sequel was then scheduled for a June 9, 2017 release date, but Paramount removed it from the schedule earlier in 2017. read more

‘A Quiet Place’ Sequel Announced

Be really quiet….now scream!! Paramount Studio Chief Jim Gianopulos announced at CinemaCon that an inevitable sequel to A Quiet Place is indeed in the works.  

Gianopulos stated “If you told me five years ago that an almost silent film starring the very funny guy Jim from The Office would have been a hit at Paramount, I would have said, ‘Well, I should go work at Paramount.'”

In other movie news, according to the Hollywood Reporter, J.J Abrams,”…also appeared by video to tease the horror film Overlord, and to announce a new Cloverfield movie was in the works” and he was also clear, unlike earlier reports that Overlord “… is not a Cloverfield movie.  We are actually developing a true, creative Cloverfield sequel.” read more

Paramount to Continue ‘Cloverfield’ Story Theatrically Despite Netflix’s $50 Million Purchase of ‘Paradox’

As the dust settles on the surprise release of The Cloverfield Paradox on Netflix, we are beginning to learn more and more about the inner workings of the Paramount franchise and where it will go from here. While the sale of the third Cloverfield film to Netflix’s streaming platform provided the studio with some much-needed instant revenue, it is being reported that the franchise will continue in cinemas.

The Hollywood Reporter‘s sources say that Netflix paid Paramount more than $50 million for the rights to stream The Cloverfield Paradox. Negotiations reportedly began over the holidays and were finalized in January in time for the major Super Bowl stunt we all witnessed on Sunday. The sale means that Paramount likely thought they couldn’t earn at least $50 million at the domestic box office, and the movie’s low critical reviews and mixed fan reaction suggests they probably made the right choice to sell the movie. The studio still plans to bring the movie to China, so it will be interesting to see how The Cloverfield Paradox performs on an open market. read more

‘Cloverfield 4’ Reportedly Complete and Ready to Hit Theaters This October

Fans might go from “not much Cloverfield” to “a whole lotta Cloverfield” in just a few short months! In early January, we learned that the release date for the yet-to-be titled third entry in the Cloverfield franchise was delayed (again) to April of 2018. The original release date for that film was scheduled for way back in February of 2017. It then got pushed to October, 2017 and then February 2018 before landing on its final (?) release date this April. Now, according to a special report, the fourth Cloverfield film will hit theaters just six months after the third one premieres!
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‘Cloverfield’ Spin-Off Release Date Moved Once Again; Will Now Debut in April 2018

There are very few things that you can count on in life, but one of them is that the still untitled Cloverfield 3 film (originally titled The God Particle) has once again moved its release date.  

HNN reported in July that Paramount Studios decided to move the film from October 2017 to February 2, 2018.  It was originally supposed to hit theaters in February of 2017.

In preparation for HNN’s Winter Movie Preview, Horror News Network contacted Paramount to confirm that the untitled film, with no poster or trailer with less than a month to go before its release date would indeed be released on February 2nd (and it appears that we weren’t the only ones wondering about this lack of promotional materials for the Cloverfield spin-off). read more

Paramount Releases Teaser Trailer for ‘Annihilation’ Starring Natalie Portman

Paramount Pictures have just dropped a clip that will make you think twice before entering the wilderness! Annihilation is an upcoming sci-fi horror movie that was written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina). The story is based on a book by Jeff VanderMeer. In the new teaser trailer for the film, we see Natalie Portman’s character begin to encounter trouble in an unusual quarantined location known only as “Area X.” You can watch the entire clip below:

One thing’s for sure, given the pedigree of the filmmaker, the cast, and this tension-filled trailer, Annihilation is shaping up to be a movie that will end up on many must-see lists! The film will also star Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. It hits theaters on February 23rd, 2018. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on Annihilation as they break! read more

Paramount Releases New ‘mother!’ Promo Clip Entitled “get out”

A couple of months ago, the phrase “Get Out” was thrown around quite a bit here at Horror News Network in reference to Jordan Peele’s highly successful film of the same name which debuted in January. We reviewed it (twice), we analyzed it, we praised it whenever we got the chance. It’s that good. Now another highly anticipated horror film is also capitalizing on this classic horror phrase, which has been a favorite since the release of When a Stranger Calls!

Paramount Pictures have just uploaded a new short clip to promote Darren Aronofsky’s mother! Taking the title’s refusal to capitalize its first letter one step further, the clip is entitled (lowercase) “get out.” No exclamation point! read more

Full-Length Official Trailer Released for Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’

Last week’s mysterious 30-second teaser clip for Darren Aronofsky’s highly anticipated film, Mother!, certainly asked more questions than it answered. Fortunately, Paramount have just unveiled their official full-length trailer for the upcoming thriller, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem.

The new clip shows that this film will have a lot more in common with Aronofsky’s previous works like Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream than his most recent project, Noah. The clip features numerous disturbing images and situations, and some scenes delve into the sort of abstract terror Arnonofsky is known for. Some parts of the clip throw off a serious Rosemary’s Baby vibe as Lawrence’s character begins to uncover the secrets of her lover and his new guests. read more

David Fincher to Direct World War Z Sequel Starring Brad Pitt

Last summer, a rumor began circulating that David Fincher- one of the finest directors of our time- was being wooed by his longtime collaborator, Brad Pitt, into directing a sequel to 2013’s World War Z. Fincher’s aversion to mainstream blockbusters and his highly selective filmmaking process made the rumor seem unlikely at the time, but now it sounds like he is very close to making a deal to direct the film!

Variety reports that the project was put on hold so that Pitt could finalize his divorce from Angelina Jolie, but now Paramount Studio’s CEO, Jim Gianopulos, is eager to greenlight the film within a couple of weeks. Gianopulos has a relationship with Fincher that extends beyond his current role in the studio. They’ve collaborated in the past on Fight Club and Gone Girl. Production is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2018. read more