Blumhouse Starts Independent Television Studio

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The Wrap is reporting that Blumhouse Pictures is creating its own television studio with the help of ITV. Two projects that are currently in the works is a television adaption of the movie The Purge as well as a miniseries for Showtime about former Fox News head Roger Ailes. According to Jason Blum...

“Over the past few years, we have been working to build Blumhouse Television into an independent studio so we can have the autonomy to work with the best storytellers and give them freedom to create the best dark genre programming,” Blum said in a statement. “It is a dream that day is here. Julian and his team at ITV are remarkable partners and we can’t wait to kick things off with ‘The Purge’ and ‘Secure and Hold.’ We are excited that with the launch of this new studio, we are expanding our partnership with NBCUniversal by growing ‘The Purge’ franchise into a television series and are grateful for their incredible support of Blumhouse overall.”

Blumhouse Pictures have earned their reputations on low budget horror movies. Whether you like them or not, the company has found a way to make money on movies that Hollywood has tended to stay away from the past few years. This allows the filmmakers in question to use some actual ingenuity instead of relying upon computer trickery to put on the screen anything that comes to their heads.

This is an interesting time to start a television studio to say the least. People are certainly still eager to watch good television, what with the rise of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime original content. Yet the traditional ways people have watched television, on network and cable channels, are dying a fast death. People don't want to consume their favorite television shows on a weekly basis anymore. They want it all at once.

Is this the face of someone with patience? 

Is this the face of someone with patience? 

Which makes me wonder why a company that specializes in stories that rely upon you to stay focused on the material is interested in creating content for a traditional television outlet. With their own studio, they will of course have the ability to create content for traditional and streaming providers a like. Making their first show be a spin off of their popular movie series for the USA Network, apart from the big money NBCUniversal is paying them to create it, seems out of sync with what that type of material would need to succeed. It would benhard to keep the tension going over a twelve to 24 week time period.

So what do you think? Are you glad to see Blumhouse Pictures start their own television studio? Are you excited to see the adaption of The Purge hit television screens? Is this the right market to create such a venture or would they be better off sticking with the model they currently have, making cheap movies? Sound off in the comments below.

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SOURCE: The Wrap

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