Jason Blum has a red thumb when it comes to cultivating horror movies and this year may be his biggest crop yet. Just look at his IMDb page, there’s so much red lettering which either says “completed,” “post or pre-production” or “announced” it looks like a crime scene.
It’s that Blum aplomb that was recently talked about in an interview he did for Forbes Magazine in which he discusses in part the Blum-verse being produced for Universal Theme Park’s Halloween Horror Nights.
The producer is currently riding high thanks to the positive pre and post-reception Halloween (2018) got at The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last weekend.
Forbes reporter Simon Thompson sat down with Blum for a lengthy discussion about that film and some other projects when the subject of reviving other series came up.
Thompson reminded him that he had recently gone on Twitter and talked about it, “One of them was Scream, and another was I Know What You Did Last Summer,” he said.
“I’d like to do that, yeah,” replied Blum. “I would like to do both of them, but it’s a rights situation with all those movies. It’s very tangled and very complicated. It’s one thing to say you want to do them and it’s a whole other thing to get to actually do it. To give you some idea, Halloween was in the works with us for four or five years before it evolved, so, there are business obstacles to cross but, in theory, if you said to me, ‘Would you like to do a Scream movie?’ My answer would be, ‘Of course.’ Sadly it doesn’t work like that.”
There hasn’t been a Scream movie since Scream 4 in 2011, and the Fisherman from Last Summer hasn’t gotten his hooks into the audience since part three (?!) in 2006.
If Halloween proves to be a hit with both fans and the box-office — perhaps more the latter than the former — it would be nice to see the Blum red-thumb dip into these classics which could prove once and for all Blumhouse is responsible for a genre renaissance that hasn’t been seen since Kevin Williamson put pen to paper.