“‘Paranormal Activity,’ that was a break from coding for me, and that did better than my wildest dreams,” he said.
“Paranormal Activity,” written and directed by Peli, was produced with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions.
Spot users can share events on Facebook and Twitter or invite friends via SMS and email.
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Among other credits, he co-created and executive produced ABC’s “The River,” from executive producer Steven Spielberg.
Asked whether he’s done with Hollywood, Peli said, “At the moment, I’m focusing on Spot 100%. He’s enlisted a team of programmers and designers who are based in Romania.
The supernatural thriller — made on a $15,000 budget — was released widely by Paramount Pictures in the fall of 2009 and ended up grossing $108 million at the domestic box office, with a total of $193 million worldwide.
Peli went on to produce five sequels in the “Paranormal Activity” series, and is also the producer of the “Insidious” movies and the horror films “The Bay” from director Barry Levinson and “Lords of Salem” by writer-director Rob Zombie.
Peli got the idea for Spot several years ago after ending a long-term relationship, frustrated that he couldn’t find a service that offered a low-pressure way to meet new people in a group setting.
“I was doing the standard internet dating, going on dates. “I just wanted to do fun stuff, get out of the house and meet new friends.” (Peli, 47, said he’s been “happily married” for the last eight years and has two kids.) There are already apps like Meetup for organizing get-togethers, while players like Facebook and Tinder have features that let friends plan outings and events.
(Maybe not “Paranormal Activity”-level creepy, but still.) Peli said Spot has several tools to provide safety assurances: Users can get a verified check-mark on their profile if their validate their phone number by SMS.
Organizers can choose who to invite to an event by making it private, and they can block annoying or disruptive users.
Actually, Spot represents a return to the world of software programming for Peli.
At 16, he dropped out of high school to write the Photon Paint graphics and animation application for the Commodore Amiga, then became a full-time software programmer to create animation and video-game software.
Unlike dating apps, the focus is on meeting people — not necessarily dating: “It’s for, ‘I want someone to play tennis with,'” Peli said.