To start, a disclaimer from Jason Blum: “Don’t believe everything on the Internet.” But you can believe this because it comes straight from Blum himself.
Jason Blum’s IMDb page lists 17 different projects in post-production, filming, pre-production, or tagged as “announced.” Think that’s a lot? On IMDbPro the guy supposedly has 22 titles in development and 13 others listed as in production. Blum’s company, Blumhouse Productions, is flourishing to say the least, but how can one guy be working on so many films at once?
Apparently it’s possible and Blum has a good reason to be developing so many different films simultaneously. While promoting his next release, Insidious: Chapter 2, Blum explained:
“We are in development on a lot of things, but sometimes we develop things and they don’t get made. Most of the time, the things that we develop that don’t get made is because the director goes off and does another movie, which I encourage them to do. So in order to have a certain amount of movies actually in production, we have to develop more.”
But now the question is, how do they keep track of all those potential productions while giving them the time and attention they need? There’s a method to the Blumhouse madness and this is it:
“We have a meeting every week and the movies that we focus on the most start with the ones coming out. So the most important movie to the company right now is ‘Insidious 2’ and then ‘Paranormal‘ and then we move backwards, so then we look at the movies in post-production, then we look at the movies in production. Probably to answer your question, the movies that we’re actually prepping, which means we’re actually spending money, there’s a little staff, those are the most real and before that everything is in development. You never know when something in development is gonna go or not.”
At the moment, Blum’s got three or possibly four more films that he’s aiming to shoot by the end of the year:
“The next movie we’re shooing is a movie called ‘Whiplash,’ which starts the beginning of September and then we have two or three more movies that we’re gonna shoot before the end of the year, but we’re not ready to announce those yet.”
Whiplash is a feature adaptation of a short film of the same name and will star J.K. Simmons as a jazz orchestra teacher with a temper who unleashes it on an up-and-coming drummer played by Miles Teller (who’s rumored for Fantastic Four). As for those other two or three projects, your guess is as good as mine, but based on Blum’s answer, it does seem as though they’ll all come before Paranormal Activity 5.
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