This last weekend I went to see Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. The movie had its moments, but in the end it was just a disappointment. After seeing the first movie, I would have never thought the franchise would go this far. The newest movie is mostly separate from the first four films, but it does connect to them. It will be interesting to see what they do with Paranormal Activity 5, but I don't know if they will be able to keep it interesting, it's already gotten old. At least for me.
In a recent interview with /Film, writer and director of The Marked Ones, Christopher Landon, revealed that he, Oren Peli, and producer Jason Blum have developed an ultimate ending to the franchise. The thing is it's not going to happen anytime soon, if it even happens.
We’ve always been looking ahead. I’ll say this much. There is a very specific end goal and I’m hoping we have enough time in the franchise to get there. We have a really big idea that’s at the finish line but we need time to get there. So we’re hoping the fans keep coming back and allow us to get them there.
When asked if the end of The Marked Ones was our first hint at that, he said,
The beginning of that started in Oren’s movie. I don’t think Oren realized it then, because when he made the first movie it felt like a stand alone movie, but then when we started making 2 and we started to see the potential and possibility there for a franchise, that’s when the real think tank element came in to play and we really started to throw out crazy ideas. Then, over the course of the last couple movies, we came to a really good, interesting place.
I wonder how many more films they have in mind before they bring the franchise to a close. I think there's a big enough fan base to keep it going to the end though. The movies have very low budgets, and they always pull in a huge profit. I imagine we'll get to see the end, but who knows how many more Paranormal Activity films we'll have to sit through before we get it.