Radius-TWC Springs For Blumhouse-Duplass SXSW Thriller ‘Creep’; Trilogy In The Works

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 11:45am PDT

creepRadius-TWC has acquired worldwide rights to indie horror-thriller Creep, from Blumhouse Productions and the Duplass brothers. The microbudget two-hander stars Patrick Brice as a videographer who answers an online ad to film a stranger (… Read More »

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Jason Blum, Scooter Braun Prods & Jon M. Chu Team With Hasbro On ‘Jem And The Holograms’: Video

By | Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 9:59am PDT

jem-and-the-holograms1Hasbro, Blumhouse Prods, Scooter Braun Prods and Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) are partnering to bring Hasbro’s 1980s cult classic cartoon series Jem And The Holograms to the big screen. Chu, Jason Blum and Scooter Braun made the … Read More »

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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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Jason Blum & Christina Wayne To Produce Haunted Hotel Drama For NBC

By | Friday December 13, 2013 @ 11:41am PST
Nellie Andreeva

christinawaynejason blumEXCLUSIVE: Top horror feature producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge and Sinister franchises) has teamed with TV executive-turned-producer Christina Wayne (Copper) for The Inn, a supernatural drama project set up at NBC. Written by Patrick Macmanus (Marco Polo) and produced by Universal TV Studios, The Inn is described as a classic ghost story that follows a group of strangers drawn to an macmanusisolated hotel by fate. Compelled to find the truth behind the horrors that haunt them and answer the question of why they were brought together, the ensemble soon discovers that The Inn is aware of their pasts and presents and is using them to force the guests to confront themselves and each other. Blum and Wayne will executive produce through their production companies, Blumhouse Prods. and Assembly Entertainment, along with their consultants on TV development, Gerard Bocaccio (Blumhouse) and Miura Kite (Assembly). Macmanus is co-executive producing. Read More »

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Lena Dunham, Jason Blum Set For Inaugural SXSW Film Keynotes; 2014 Conference Lineup Unveiled

By | Tuesday October 15, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT

The SXSW Film Festival is adding a series of daily keynote sessions to its 2014 lineup, led by a trio of forward-thinkers who “embody the DIY spirit, ingenuity and entrepreneurial drive” of the annual Austin fest. Lena Dunham, who launched her career out of SXSW with Tiny Furniture and came full circle last year with a panel on her HBO show Girls, is scheduled to deliver a keynote along with micro-budget horror whiz Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge) and Spirit Award-winning indie filmmaker Casey Neistat (HBO’s The Neistat Brothers, Daddy Long Legs). Each keynote session will be held at 11 AM from Saturday, March 8 through Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Here’s the first wave of SXSW panel announcements, including talks from the fest’s first-ever SXSports conference: Read More »

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Fright Factory Blumhouse Sets ‘Insidious 2′ Follow-Up: Aaron Eckhart-Starrer ‘Incarnate’

By | Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 2:32pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After Insidious: Chapter 2 grossed eight times its $5 million budget on its opening last weekend, the film’s producer, Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum, has set the company’s next launch at another horror film franchise. IncarnateRead More »

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Dimension Films Nabs U.S. On ‘Peste’

By | Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 1:35pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Dimension Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the horror thriller Peste, directed by Mark Tonderai (House At The End Of The Street) from IM Global and Blumhouse Productions. Octane, the genre division of IM Global … Read More »

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Universal And Blumhouse Set ‘Stretch’ As Follow Up To Micro-Hit ‘Purge’; Joe Carnahan Directs

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has signed on to distribute North American and U.K. on Stretch, the Joe Carnahan-directed action comedy from Blumhouse Productions. It will be released March 21, 2014. The film, which stars Patrick Wilson, Ed … Read More »

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Non-Shocker! Jason Blum Tweets There Will Be More ‘Purge’-ing At Universal

By | Monday June 10, 2013 @ 6:16pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Here is something that surprises no one. Jason Blum has tweeted they will develop a sequel to The Purge, the $3 million Universal Pictures and Blumhouse film that grossed over $34 million and stars Ethan HawkeRead More »

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Cannes: Blumhouse To Launch International Sales Arm With ‘Sinister 2′ & ‘Stretch’

By | Wednesday May 8, 2013 @ 11:34am PDT

Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Productions is launching Blumhouse International to handle foreign sales on the company’s films. The new division has a worldwide distribution and servicing deal with IM Global and the two will introduce … Read More »

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Ryan Murphy And Jason Blum To Produce MGM Remake ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’

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Ryan Murphy spilled details at a screening last night for the season finale of FX’s American Horror Story. “The movie that I was most freaked out by as a child was this movie that … Read More »

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Mark Gordon & Jason Blum To Produce ABC Comedy Based On ‘My Korean Deli’ Book

By | Friday October 26, 2012 @ 5:06pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Producers Mark Gordon, who is behind ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and CBS’ Criminal Minds, and Jason Blum, who is fresh off two hot movie openers with Sinister and Paranormal Activity 4, have teamed to executive produce half-hour comedy My Korean Deli for ABC. The project, produced by ABC Studios, studio-based Mark Gordon Co. and Blum’s Blumhouse, is based on the Ben Ryder Howe’s book. Geoff Moore and David Posamentier will write the adaptation, which tells the story of an American man who buys a deli for his wife’s Korean parents and now has to try to find the balance between his new job, his wife, and his overbearing in-laws. Mark Gordon Co.’s Gordon and Andrea Shay executive produce with Blum. Gerard Bacaccio oversees Blumhouse’s TV division. Read More »

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‘Sinister’s Blumhouse And Scott Derrickson Re-Team On Stephen King Novella ‘Breathing Method’

By | Monday October 15, 2012 @ 2:17pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Hot off an $18 million opening-weekend gross of Sinister that was six times its $3 million budget, Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse has teamed with Sinister director and co-writer Scott Derrickson on a screen adaptation of the Stephen King novella The Breathing Method. They’ve secured an option on King’s work from the author, and the script will be written by Scott Teems. They haven’t yet set it for financing.

The novella was part of the 1982 King collection Different Seasons and is the only story in the volume that hasn’t been adapted. If focuses on an elderly physician named Dr. Emlyn McCarron, who recounts an incident in his career of a patient who was determined to give birth to her illegitimate child, despite her financial difficulties and the social stigma in the 1930s. The patient turns to the doctor because of the book he has written about the Breathing Method, a system to help women through childbirth. She grows close with the doctor, who finds that she is so determined to have the child through the method that she lingers on even after a horrific accident on the way to the hospital. Read More »

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Dimension Acquires Scott Stewart-Directed ‘Dark Skies’

By | Thursday April 26, 2012 @ 2:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

New York, NY, April 26, 2012 – Dimension Films announced today that they have acquired U.S. distribution rights to the supernatural thriller DARK SKIES, written and directed by Scott Stewart (PRIEST, LEGION). Jason Blum will produce through his Blumhouse Productions (INSIDIOUS, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY) alongside Alliance Films who will fully finance the picture. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Alliance Films’ Charles Layton will executive produce. Alliance Films will distribute in Canada, in the UK (via its Momentum Pictures subsidiary) and in Spain (via Aurum). Octane, IM Global’s genre label, will launch international sales in Cannes.

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Universal Re-Conjures ‘Ouija’ And Sets 2013 Release

By | Monday March 5, 2012 @ 11:25am PST
Mike Fleming

Ouija Movie Release DateBREAKING: Universal Pictures, which jettisoned its Hasbro-branded project Ouija over budget, has brought in a reconfigured version of the film. The old version, which McG was to direct, had a budget north of $100 … Read More »

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Feature Producer Jason Blum Signs First-Look Television Deal With Lionsgate

By | Tuesday February 14, 2012 @ 5:01pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Prods., which made its first foray into television with the ABC midseaosn drama The River, is putting down TV roots with its first television deal, a first-look pact with Lionsgate TV. Under the deal, Blumhouse will … Read More »

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‘Strangers’ Helmer Bryan Bertino Set For ‘Mockingbird’

By | Monday January 30, 2012 @ 7:59am PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Universal has locked Bryan Bertino to write and direct Mockingbird, a horror thriller. It marks his return to the studio and is the first project he’s directing since he made the low-budget horror hit The Strangers for Rogue Pictures, … Read More »

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Will Micro-Budget Films Like ‘The Devil Inside’ Change The Economics Of Studio Moviemaking?

By | Thursday January 12, 2012 @ 5:15pm PST
Mike Fleming

Today’s announcement that Universal Pictures would finance Vigilandia, a film by Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum and the Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, is worth reconsidering on a philosophical level. Universal, which has spent … Read More »

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Universal Acquires ‘Found Footage’ Thriller Spec By ‘Strangers’ Helmer Bryan Bertino

By | Monday November 21, 2011 @ 2:56pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal has completed a pre-holiday acquisition of a spec script written by The Strangers writer/director Bryan Bertino. The project was acquired to be produced by Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, and Marc Platt and Adam Siegel of Marc Platt Productions. Bertino … Read More »

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