Paranormal Activity 2, the sequel to last year's micro-budget horror hit, is slated to hit theaters by October of this year. However, Paranormal Activity star Katie Featherston has told MTV that she does not yet know whether or not her character - the terrorized young lady named, well, Katie - will be brought back for the sequel.
Filming on Paranormal Activity 2 was reportedly scheduled to begin this month in order to make its October 22 release date. As of now - according to Featherston - writer Michael R. Perry is still at work on the film's screenplay and there has been no official word about she and her costar Micah Sloat's involvement in the project.
The actress did have this bit of information to offer about her predicament:
"[Original director] Orin [Peli] and I keep in touch. Micah and I keep in touch. After working with the producers for so long, I grab lunch with Steven [Schneider] or Jason [Blum]. I know they are working on things. The truth is, I don't press them for a lot of info because I trust that they'll do it right. I just gotta wait with the rest of everybody and see what cool stuff they come up with."
Virtually nothing is official about Paranormal Activity 2 at this point with regards to a plot. Most likely, the sequel will not ape the original's home-movie look but will instead have a higher budget and the stylized design of your average Hollywood horror flick. Hopefully, that approach will work better than it did with another sequel to an ultra-low-budget horror sensation - the universally-panned Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2.
Will either Featherston or Sloat return for the film? Last year's digital Paranormal Activity comic book seemed to offer some potential hints about what Katie could be up to the sequel. Micah's future is not so clear at this point - unlike in the original ending to Paranormal Activity - but he seems the less likely of the pair to return in the sequel.
Here are Featherston's thoughts on her possible involvement with the sequel for now:
"I don't know. I'm waiting to hear. If they had a way to put me [Katie] in there in a way that would be reasonable and make sense - I don't know how they'd do that - I'd definitely be down for it. If I get that phone call, I will be there. I will be scared or happy or whatever they want me to be."
The seemingly up-in-the-air status of Paranormal Activity 2 is strange for a film scheduled to be released in just under five months from today. Production on the film will have to be even more rushed than originally expected at this date in time.
What do you think? Does bringing Katie back in Paranormal Activity 2 make sense? Is there still enough time for the sequel to be finished by its scheduled release date? Could a film this rushed possibly be good? Sound off in the comments section below.
Paranormal Activity 2 is (apparently) still set for release in the U.S. on October 22, 2010.