The new Syfy reality series Stranded, which debuted on February 27th, documents an unconventional and often terrifying paranormal and psychological experiment. Each episode features the self-recorded footage of a diverse group of every-day paranormal enthusiasts who are left stranded at one of the most haunted locations in America and record the entire experience with hand-held cameras creating an unscripted first-hand account of their stay.
While we will share what executive producer Jason Blum had to say about the new show next week, we did want to share his updates on some of his current and upcoming feature films. Blum told Collider that he expect Paranormal Activity 5 to go into production in middle to late Spring for an October release and that he hopes that franchise will remain ongoing, why he and the film’s partners thought there was further story to be explored for Insidious 2, what made him want to collaborate with Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Glee) on a modern-day remake of The Town that Dreaded Sundown and why he thinks that will appeal to audiences, that he hopes Area 51 will be released soon, and that he’s not currently juggling quite as many projects as IMDB would lead you to believe. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
JASON BLUM: Well, it’s coming out in October, so not too far from now. Usually, it’s sometime in middle to late Spring that we start. We don’t have a date yet, but that’s when we begin. That’s when we’ve begun all of the rest of them.
Do you see that as a franchise that could just go on indefinitely?
BLUM: I hope so! But, I don’t know. As long as they can keep making it fun and new.
Aside from those films, Insidious 2 is the first sequel you’ve produced. What was it about that, that led you to believe it leant itself to further story and exploration?
BLUM: Yeah. Blair Witch tried to do a sequel and it didn’t work out. I really thought there’s gotta be a way to make a sequel to a found footage movie. We had a bunch of partners in the movie, but thanks to them and the director and everyone else, we all figured it out. That was a challenge that was fun and hard, but I enjoyed it.
Ryan Murphy seems very excited about the possibility of collaborating with you on a modern-day remake of The Town that Dreaded Sundown, with Alfonso Gomez-Rejon directing. What made you want to work with him, and what is about that project that you think could appeal to audiences?
BLUM: I think he’s one of the most talented creators out there, today. Anything he wants to do is super-compelling to me. The fact that he’s interested in a micro-budget horror movie, which is mostly what we do and the business model I’m passionate about, was awesome. And then, I watched the movie, The Town that Dreaded Sundown, and I loved it. I think it’s a really different kind of horror movie than the generation that’s grown up with Paranormal Activity and Insidious and Sinister. It’s a very different feeling movie, and I thought that was very compelling. I love the story that we’re about to tell and, needless to say, I think that he is one of the world’s creative geniuses, at the moment. That’s a super-exciting thing for me.
Do you have a status update on the release for Area 51?
BLUM: I do not. Hopefully, it will be someday soon.
If someone were to look at IMDB, they would be under the impression that you had about 100 projects in development and that you must never get any sleep. Do you really juggle that many projects, at one time?
BLUM: I would say the first thing is don’t believe all of what you see on IMDB. I don’t want my friends at IMDB getting angry at me, but there’s not nearly as many projects as are on there. And I’m not one guy. For a production company, we have a relatively good size operation. There are a lot of people here. If you notice, on all the movies we do, we have producing partners. We’re almost never a sole producer. We’re more like a hybrid between a production company and a financier, and that’s how the company operates. That’s how we’re able to touch a lot of things, but not nearly as many as are on IMDB. I wish!