Immediately after the successful opening weekend of ‘The Invisible Man’, director Leigh Whannel signed a contract for the first time with Blumhouse Productions from Jason Blum for film and television.
“I came into Jason Blum’s office ten years ago thinking that I had a general meeting with a producer who loved horror movies – I didn’t know that a ten-year collaboration would begin. Since then I have seen his then company Blumhouse grow out to a powerhouse of genre films, a nurturing place that is willing to take risks on people, indeed, they have taken many risks and I look forward to taking many more with them as they continue to grow in the world of film and television, “said Whannell.
The two-year first-look deal will relate to projects that Whannell proposes to write or produce directly. Whannell and Blumhouse have worked together over the past 10 years on seven projects, including the “Insidious” franchise and “Upgrade”.
“Leigh makes films that not only launch franchises, but fundamentally change the landscape of their genre. After he and James Wan made ‘Saw’, it launched dozens of copycats. Their work with Blumhouse on “Insidious” not only launched a franchise, but dozens of classic proscenium PG-13 supernatural horror movies. I have no doubt that this applies to “The Invisible Man” and to everything else that he wants to create. I just want to be with him when he does, “Blum said.
After opening at the top of the box office this weekend, “The Invisible Man” has raised approximately $ 26 million to date from a budget of $ 7 million. Elisabeth Moss plays the lead role in the modern version of the classic horror film, and the audience seems to enjoy it, giving it an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Whannell made his directorial debut with ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’, for which he was placed Variety’s 10 directors to view the list in 2015. Before that, he created the horror franchise ‘Saw’ by writing the first three films and serving as the executive producer of the series, including the upcoming ‘Spiral’. He also wrote the four “Insidious” films.
Whannell is represented by CAA and Myman, Greenspan, Fox, Rosenberg, Mobasser, Younger & Light.