It was a found-footage-stylized microbudget horror pic that spawned a six film theatrical franchise that grossed over $890M, now Paranormal Activity is set to be a play.
Deadline has confirmed that Simon Friend, the producer of the Broadway version of Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, has taken the license on the Paramount/Blumhouse horror feature to set it up as a West End play.
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Levi Holloway, the scribe of Broadway horror play Grey House, is currently writing Paranormal Activity for the stage.
Oren Peli wrote and directed the first pic, which centers around a family being haunted by a demon. The intrigue, much like the first Blair Witch Project, was the feeling that these horror movies could be real.
Friend’s stage adaptation productions include those of such pics The Da Vinci Code and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Life of Pi won five Olivier Awards and three Tonys.
Chicago-based playwright Holloway saw his Grey House move to Broadway earlier this year. The play starred Tatiana Maslany, Paul Sparks and Laurie Metcalf and follows a couple who take shelter in a cabin during a snowstorm alongside teenage girls and an old lady. The play closed over the summer.
In 2021, there was a direct-to-Paramount+ movie, Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin made for the service.
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