At least according to famed paranormal investigator, Joshua P. Warren, on last Thursday night’s airing of Coast to Coast AM. Warren, while discussing the theory of Tibetan tulpa, stated representatives of Paramount Pictures recently visited his laboratory with an interest in gathering information on his studies for a project in development.
Tulpa, or thoughtform, is the concept of manifestation through an individual or collective’s mental energy. In the horror cannon, this usually speaks to the conjuring of ghosts or beasties from sheer mindpower, but has ran throughout the genre for years. Icons like Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, and Candyman have shades of thoughtform being urban legends as well as David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, Andrzej Zulawski’s Possession (inset), and The X-Files.
Warren (official website) claims to have mentally created ghostly orbs with the aid of electrostatic charge and couldn’t divulge further details on the plans of the studio behind Paranormal Activity. Though if Paramount is aiming for a mainstream theatrical feature, it’s not hard to imagine the result being played straight-forward, especially if both Activity‘s sequel and Christopher Nolan’s slick psychoanalysis-themed Inception hit big. At the same time, Warren’s assertions could be trumped up, or for a straight-to-video number, or be as hollow as Henry Hill’s claims of a future Goodfellas 2. The possibilities are ripe either way, but we’ll just have to wait to see what happens…
EDIT: The more I think about it, the more this in-development project might be Black and Blue Films’s remake of Peter Newbrook’s The Asphyx written and directed by Matthew McGuchan. Although Paramount appears to have no announced ties to the production…yet?