Director Kevin Greutert, the guy who was going to direct the sequel to Paranormal Activity and got the smackdown from Lionsgate, which exercised their right to make him direct the next Saw sequel, has aired his misgivings about being strong-armed into making yet another torture-porn flick.
Greutert recently posted on his blog (before he took it down -- or was forced to take it down):
I’m in the middle of something really terrible right now, as anyone who has come to this site probably knows. While I fight for justice in this, the important thing is to avoid giving in to hatred and anger, because these emotions are life killers. Hopefully we will all arrive at an amicable solution. Thank you to everyone who is working with me on this.
All of this can't be good publicity for the next Saw sequel, particularly after the last one did pretty dismal business at the box office. I mean, come on, let the man see his mother for God's sake! They say there's no such thing as bad publicity, but if there was, this would be it.
Maybe Lionsgate will have a change of heart and put Greutert back onboard the Paranormal Activity 2 train. But even if they don't, Greutert would do well to remember just how well the sequel to The Blair Witch project did. Maybe this is a blessing in disguise?