Q&A: Jason Blum & Mark Duplass Team On Horror Pic ‘Creep’ As Blumhouse Hit Machine, Indie Model Converge

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 10:23am PDT

Jason BlumMark DuplassBlumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum and filmmaker Mark Duplass aren’t the likeliest pair to join forces, but the microbudget horror maven and the indie veteran found common ground when they linked up just over a year ago on a found-footage pic Duplass was hammering out with director pal Patrick Brice. Creep follows the unfolding tale of a videographer (Brice) who answers a Craigslist ad to shoot video of a stranger (Duplass). The two filmed the pic on the fly shaping the story as they went. When Creep began looking like a horror pic, Duplass rang Blum, who then came aboard as producer. The film premiered last week at SXSW.

Blum, who made his fortune and his name on 2009′s game-changer Paranormal Activity, has seen his reputation as a hitmaker climb as audiences keep buying tickets for his insta-franchises including Insidious, Sinister, and The Purge. In a SXSW keynote speech, he lined out the secret to Blumhouse’s success: low budgets of $1M-$3M, directors with something to prove (and, often, bad studio experiences under their belts), no CG, no rebate-state shoots outside of L.A., and scale pay for cast and crew with a cut of the profits if the movie is a hit.

SXSW Duplass Blum CreepHowever Creep‘s future shakes out, Duplass is ready to embrace alternative channels of distribution. The actor-writer-director-producer got his start with his and brother Jay Duplass’ indie drama The Puffy Chair, one of Netflix’s early streaming success stories. He’s now produced and distributed nine more features using his own Blum-like formula developed over the past decade working in indie film. Creep is the first of their two features together, with Universal and Blumhouse’s Stephen King adaptation Mercy also on the way. Blum and Duplass explained their simpatico methods during SXSW: Read More »

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Universal Re-Slots ‘The Purge: Anarchy’

By | Friday February 28, 2014 @ 5:06pm PST

The Purge AnarchyThe studio has pushed back the release of its micro-budget horror thriller by a month. Blumhouse Productions’ The Purge: Anarchy had been slated for June 20 but now will go wide on July 18, where it will face … Read More »

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Eva Longoria Joins Blumhouse’s ‘Visions’

By | Wednesday February 12, 2014 @ 12:05pm PST

Eva Longoria horror VisionsEXCLUSIVE: Blumhouse horror pic Visions has added another TV name to its cast. Eva Longoria will join Isla Fisher, Anson Mount, and Community‘s Gillian Jacobs in the … Read More »

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Anson Mount, Gillian Jacobs Join Blumhouse Thriller ‘Visions’

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 1:52pm PST

Anson Mount VisionsEXCLUSIVE: Hell On WheelsAnson Mount has been cast opposite Isla Fisher in Blumhouse thriller Visions, about expectant mother Julia (Fisher) who is plagued by strange and terrifying visions of a sinister hooded … Read More »

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Sundance: WWE Studios Takes Stake In Toronto Genre Pic ‘Oculus’

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 4:40pm PST
Mike Fleming

ocuWWE Studios has teamed with Relativity and Blumhouse Productions on the Mike Flanagan-directed Intrepid Pictures horror film Oculus, which was acquired at Toronto last fall. The film stars Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane and Katee Sackhoff. WWE Studios will lend its hand in promoting the film which was produced by Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans, who co-financed with MICA Entertainment. Pic will be released theatrically on April 11. The screenplay is by Flanagan & Jeff Howard based on the short film Oculus: The Man With The Plan, written by Flanagan & Jeff Seidman. Read More »

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Blumhouse Productions Taps Jessica Rhoades As Head of Television

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 1:32pm PST
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rhoadesEXCLUSIVE: With Blumhouse Productions, the company of hot genre feature producer Jason Blum, ramping up its TV portfolio, it has brought in Jessica Rhoades as head of television. Blumhouse has been building a TV business since entering the space with the … Read More »

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Frank Grillo To Lead Horror Sequel ‘The Purge 2′ For Universal And Blumhouse

Frank Grillo Purge 2EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of Blumhouse Productions‘ supernatural hit Insidious: Chapter 2 crossing $150M worldwide, Blumhouse and Universal are beefing up their sequel to this summer’s micro-budget horror-thriller The Purge. Frank Grillo (The Grey) will lead the cast of The Next Chapter of The Purge under returning Purge helmer James DeMonaco who is also writing and producing. Plot details are under wraps but there’s plenty of opportunity to explore the dystopian world established in the first film, which starred Ethan Hawke as a security system designer protecting his family from home invasion on the one night each year when the cops take a day off to let crime run rampant. The movie opened in June and grossed roughly $90M worldwide on a $3M budget. Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum, Sébastien K. Lemercier and Platinum Dunes’ Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form will produce The Purge 2, which marks the latest Blumhouse project in Blum’s first-look deal with Uni. The sequel is already set for a June 20, 2014 debut. Read More »

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Relativity & Blumhouse Set April Release For ‘Oculus’

By | Wednesday December 11, 2013 @ 9:55am PST

oculusMike Flanagan directs the horror pic about a pair of grown siblings who set out to expose and destroy the haunted mirror they believe was responsible for their parents’ murder ten years prior, starring Karen Gillen (Doctor Who), Brenton … Read More »

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AnnaSophia Robb Joins ‘Conspiracy On Jekyll Island’; Mark Henry Joins Blumhouse Thriller ‘Incarnate’

By | Monday November 25, 2013 @ 5:21pm PST

The Carrie Diaries star AnnaSophia Robb has been cast opposite Minnie Driver and Frank Grillo in Conspiracy on Jekyll Island, playing the duo’s cancer-stricken daughter. The political thriller is being directed by Aram Rappaport from a … Read More »

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Toronto: Relativity, Blumhouse Near Deal For ‘Oculus’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity is near a deal to partner with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions to acquire Oculus, the Mike Flanagan-directed horror film that debuted at Toronto on Sunday night at the Ryerson in the Midnight Madness section. Relativity … Read More »

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Jessica Alba Joins Joe Carnahan’s ‘Stretch’

By | Tuesday July 23, 2013 @ 1:55pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have added another big name to their micro-budget action-comedy Stretch. Jessica Alba joins Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms, … Read More »

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Cannes: Bold, Blumhouse, Right Of Way Strike Up Band For Feature Version Of Sundance Short ‘Whiplash’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Bold Films, Blumhouse Productions and Right of Way Films are teaming up to bring Damien Chazelle‘s Sundance Prize-winning short Whiplash to the screen as a feature. Bold Films will fully finance the film. Chazelle was basically dared by Right of Way and Blumhouse to direct a short based on his Black List script about a talented young drummer who strives for perfection under the instruction of a ruthless band conductor. That short was produced by Reitman’s partner Helen Estabrook and Blumhouse EVP Couper Samuelson, along with Nicholas Britell and was awarded the 2013 Sundance short film jury prize. J.K. Simmons will reprise his role from the short and star in the feature. WME Global is repping domestic rights and Sierra/Affinity is selling offshore territories. Read More »

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