Now available on Blu-ray is Mercy, Peter Cornwell‘s feature length adaptation of Stephen King‘s short story Gramma, which follows a single mother (Frances O’Connor) and her two young sons as they relocate to a remote country estate to care for her ailing mother, Mercy (Shirley Knight). Unlike most grandmothers, Mercy isn’t all candies and kisses on the cheek, and as her prognosis worsens the family learns shocking truths about the source of Mercy’s darkness. Mercy also stars Chandler Riggs, Mark Duplass, Dylan McDermott, and Joel Courtney.
Nearly two years ago I joined a handful of journalists on set while they were filming Mercy in Simi Valley. While there, we had an opportunity to sit down for a lengthy chat with producer Jason Blum. This was my first time speaking with Blum (who I’ve interviewed a number of times since), and I was instantly struck by the clarity of his vision and confidence in his low-budget/high-concept business model. Given how much Blumhouse has grown over the last two years, it’s fascinating to look back and see how on point Blum was in his predictions (the success of The Purge despite its summer release date, for example) and how faithful he has remained to the basics of the business model he describes here. Check out what he had to say after the jump.