2013 was the first year since the Paranormal Activity franchise was launched in 2009 that a sequel wasn't released, although fans were supposed to get a double-dose of thrills this year, with the spin-off Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones that debuted in January and Paranormal Activity 5, which was initially set for an October 24 release. Last month, Paranormal Activity 5 was delayed all the way to 2016, but now a new report from Bloody-Disgusting reveals that Paramount is putting the sequel on the fast track for a 2015 release.
While it's believed that Paramount and Blumhouse may still be aiming for that October 24, 2014 date, with director Gregory Plotkin currently "working at lightning speed from a screenplay by Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark," it seems unlikely they'll be able to get the movie done and in theaters over the course of the next two and a half months. A 2015 debut is definitely more likely to happen.
The filmmakers have reportedly had difficulties in cracking the story for Paranormal Activity 5, and there has even been talk of discarding the found footage element at some point in the future. Naturally, this hasn't been confirmed by Paramount or Blumhouse yet, so stay tuned for more details.
A casting breakdown in January revealed that the story centers on a new family that is comprised of Ryan, a video game designer for Rockstar Games in San Diego, his wife Emily, their opinionated 6-year-old daughter Leila, and Ryan's younger brother, all of whom discover sinister activities happening in their new house.