Fresh off the box office success and overall positive reviews for The Invisible Man, Leigh Whannell has plenty to celebrate. The writer/director has just inked a new overall deal with Blumhouse Productions, covering film and television. The two-year, first-look deal will cover everything Whannell proposes to write, produce, and/or direct.
Before inking this deal, Whannell and Blumhouse have formed quite the partnership. Over the past ten years, the filmmaker and the production studio have collaborated on seven projects, including The Invisible Man. Blumhouse Productions’ CEO and founder Jason Blum had this to say regarding the new deal:
“Leigh creates movies which not only build 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, founded not just a franchise but dozens of classical proscenium PG-13 supernatural horror films. I have no doubt that will be true for The Invisible Man and for anything else he wants to create. I just want to be there with him when he does!”
Additionally, Whannell had this to say:
“Ten years ago, I walked into Jason Blum’s office thinking that I was having a general meeting with a producer who liked horror movies. Little did I know that a decade long partnership and friendship was about to begin. I have since watched his then-infant company, Blumhouse, grow into a powerhouse of genre films; a nurturing place that is willing to take risks on people. Indeed, they have taken plenty of risks on me and I look forward to taking many more with them as they continue to grow in the world of film and television.”
Whannell and James Wan revolutionized horror films with Saw. With the success of that franchise, the two went on to create their own solo success stories. Equally as talented as Wan, Whannell signing on with Blumhouse is a major pick-up for them. Whannell fits their mold of creating quality entertainment with low production costs, making Blumhouse a growing powerhouse in the industry. Like anything Wan touches, this writer is excited to see what Whannell creates with his new deal.
The Invisible Man, currently sitting at 90% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, is in theaters now.
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