It may have suffered significantly from the law of diminishing returns, which is to be expected when the franchise churned out six installments in eight years all based on a concept that was pretty flimsy to begin with, but Paranormal Activity will always remain one of the most profitable brands in the history of cinema after earning a combined total of over $890 million at the box office on production costs that didn’t even reach $30 million.
We haven’t seen any supernatural found footage shenanigans from Blumhouse since The Ghost Dimension was released in 2015, but that’s set to change a lot sooner than initially expected. The seventh Paranormal Activity was originally dated for a March 2021 debut before being pushed back twelve months as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, but as you can see below, it’s now rumored to hit Paramount+ by the end of the year.
A new ‘PARANORMAL ACTIVITY’ movie will be released on Paramount+ by the end of 2021. pic.twitter.com/kZ0VClEOD7
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) May 6, 2021
The next chapter in the saga was announced for a small screen debut in February, with Paramount+ already setting out its stall in the streaming wars by pulling Mark Wahlberg’s blockbuster sci-fi Infinite from multiplexes and premiering it in just seven weeks, while the platform plans to unveil an original movie every single week, as well as adding the likes of A Quiet Place Part II and Mission: Impossible 7 to the content library 45 days after they arrive in theaters.
Underwater‘s William Eubank is helming the latest Paranormal Activity with a script by franchise regular Christopher Landon, who wrote the second, third and fourth entries before pulling double duty directing the fifth. That’s a solid combination of talent, and you can guarantee that Paramount+ has no intention of giving up on the franchise any time soon as the streamer builds its in-house roster of big name properties.