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Update: Goldsman in Lead to Direct Paranormal Activity 2?

Nope, but he’s on board in another capacity

An update from Deadline: Goldsman is on board as the film’s executive producer. He’s also helping to “flesh out” the story. Paramount is looking to start shooting in May.

Paramount Pictures is close to announcing a director for Paranormal Activity 2, slated to open on October 22. And sources tell Shock Till You Drop that Akiva Goldsman is the one closest to sitting in the director’s chair.

Last month, the L.A. Times reported a number of directors were circling around the sequel to last year’s horror hit. Greg McLean (Rogue), Brad Anderson, Goldsman and Brian De Palma were all names thrown in the pot. But Goldsman, we’re told, is the frontrunner right now.

Goldsman has worn many hats. His writing career began with the John Grisham adaptation The Client; this was followed by A Time to Kill, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Lost in Space and, later, I Am Legend, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. As a director, he’s been at the helm of two Fringe episodes and an episode of Kings.

Paranormal Activity 2 would be his feature debut if he is in fact attached.

Source: Ryan Rotten, Managing Editor