The Hollywood Reporter has shared a truly bizarre piece that breaks down the producing model of Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions. The above article reads like a smear piece, sharing Blum’s micro-budget model (although, $5M a feature isn’t exactly “micro”), and how it affects everyone in the industry.
While none of that is our concern, there’s a bit of information on a few forthcoming Blumhouse-produced horror films that have gone MIA.
Explains THR, Mercy, directed by Haunting in Connecticut‘s Peter Cornwell, finished shooting a year ago and is among the Blumhouse films sitting on Universal’s shelf. Studio chairman Donna Langley says the studio still is not counting it out (meaning, they would just dump it to VOD like they did with Not Safe for Work).
The same goes for The Strangers director Bryan Bertino’s Mockingbird, which wrapped in May 2012; Langley confirms there are conversations about doing reshoots. Blum “goes into complete hiatus” on some films, she says, “and he’ll go back into production when he has time and cracked the idea or execution.” Update: Evan here – I reached out to Bertino’s company Unbroken Pictures. They confirm that there are “active discussions about reworking some elements in the film.”
Another film still missing from release since 2009(!) is Paramount Pictures’ Area 51, Blum’s movie that followed Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity, who also directed the found-footage alien horror.
I guess the concept is to throw enough stuff against the wall that one or two will stick – films like Insidious and The Purge are good examples…