Jason Blum is branching away from his typical horror films to bring something that we all fear right into our living rooms: politics.
In a recent feature with Variety, it was announced that Jason Blum, owner of Blumhouse Productions and the producer of films like Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Get Out, will be broadening his horizons by producing some new stories for the small screen. While these upcoming TV shows will be political dramas and true crimes, that doesn’t mean he will be completely abandoning his horror roots; he noted to Variety that “Roger Ailes scares me, Steve Bannon scares me.” Knowing the past works of Blum, we can only hope this means that the upcoming series will be the kind to leave us a little scared of the reality before us.
The political shows will be adaptations of existing works, the first being a take on Gabriel Sherman’s book “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” published by Random House back in 2014. Sherman’s book is a biography of Roger Ailes, the deceased former head of Fox News. The other will be an adaptation of Joshua Green‘s “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency,” which joins Endeavor Content’s Fire and Fury adaptation on the list of Trump-related television events.
When it comes to true crime scripts, adaptations of James McBride‘s “The Good Lord Bird,” starring Ethan Hawke, and a TV version of Blumhouse’s The Purge are both in order. The Purge series is set to debut in September, but if you can’t wait until then, the Blum-produced Sharp Objects airs Sunday, July 8th on HBO. Starring Amy Adams, Sharp Objects is an adaptation of the debut novel by Gillian Flynn (of Gone Girl fame) in which a reporter confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to cover a violent murder.
Television has always been a growing market, and now more than ever it’s at its prime. With new content coming from everywhere you turn, it’s no surprise that Blum is really starting to embrace the small screen. “There was no way to continue the mission of the company and not be in TV,” he told Variety. “The growth in the content business is in television. It’s not in movies.” But, despite the excitement about these series coming soon to a living room near you, Blum isn’t quitting the movie business anytime soon. With sixty-four upcoming credits in development on IMDb, Blumhouse Productions will be providing us with scare-your-pants-off content for a while.