Amazon teams up with Blumhouse for eight-movie deal
Staff Reporter | On 16, Nov 2018Reading time: 2 mins
Amazon is teaming up with Blumhouse to make eight original movies.
The horror production company is barely 18 years old, but has rapidly grown to become a major force in the low-budget, indie arena: its CV includes everything from Insidious and Paranormal Activity to Sinister, Happy Death Day and The Gift. Get Out (pictured above) has seen them graduate to Oscar-winning profile, while The Purge has proven their ability to spawn franchises, and films such as Whiplash has helped to round out its stable to more than just genre flicks.
Blumhouse has therefore become a sought-after partner for other industry players. In 2014, the company inked a 10-year deal with Universe Pictures, and it has also teamed up with Netflix for both Indian horror series Ghoul and newly released thriller Cam. Now, it’s teaming up with Amazon Studios for a run of exclusive movies.
The eight-picture deal with the online giant will see Blumhouse produce feature-length thrillers from a diverse group of filmmakers, aiming to offer Amazon Prime Video subscribers worldwide elevated thrillers and stories with dark themes.
“Jason Blum has built an empire based on fear, shock and all things spine-tingling,” Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke said in a statement announcing the deal. “He has redefined the horror genre for fans who are hungry for high concept scares. Whether it’s found footage, a socially conscious terror comedy or a pure sinister adrenaline ride, he reinvented and infused the genre with cultural relevancy.”
The first broad deal for Amazon Studios focusing on feature films, it follows a string of overall deals with individual creators, such as Robert Kirkman and Neil Gaiman, mostly with an eye to developing TV projects.
“We are delighted Amazon is entrusting Blumhouse to deliver its signature thrills and chills to its global audience through this deal,” said Blum. “This is a great opportunity for Blumhouse Television to empower underrepresented filmmakers offering a fresh take on the dark genres loved by fans the world over.”