Per usual, Jason Blum’s got a lot in the works over at Blumhouse Productions. It would have been impossible to touch on all of his upcoming projects, but while catching up with Blum at SXSW for his next release, Unfriended, he did offer some brief updates on a select few films – The Purge 3, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and Creep.
At this point, we know that James DeMonaco is returning to pen the Purge 3 script, but is he also locked to direct? Here’s what Blum had to say about that:
“Not yet, but I’m trying to talk him into it.”
We also know absolutely nothing about the plot of the film minus the fact that it’s got to include the 12-hour span of time that comes around once a year when all crime is legal. While promoting The Gambler back in December, Michael K. Williams did say, “You can definitely look to see Frank Grillo and my character” in the next installment, but according to Blum, nothing’s locked in yet:
“I hope so. We’re still kicking around different ideas for what the story is, although we’re getting closer, but I hope those guys are in it. I hope so, but I can’t tell you for sure.”
Whether or not Williams and Grillo make it into the film, you’ve still got to wonder, will The Purge 3 take the core concept to a new level? Blum insisted they will not disappoint:
“We never retread. It’s gonna be awesome! You just wait. And it’s gonna be new. It’s gonna be different.”
From there we moved on to the fifth (or sixth) Paranormal Activity movie, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. Here’s what Blum had to say about having longtime Paranormal Activity editor Gregory Plotkin step up and direct the new film:
“Well, he was a big part of the other movies. I think he actually got a co-producer credit on the last couple, so he was an editor and he was really inside the creative process of those other movies and so he really earned his right to direct it, like Chris Landon, honestly. Chris Landon, same thing. I think it was a very eye-opening experience for Greg, but I think he really liked it and I’m looking forward to doing more with him as a director.”
When asked if any of the characters from previous films will return, Blum teased:
“You can expect a lot of questions answered. Everyone always sees these movies and is like, ‘Ah, I don’t wanna be teased anymore,’ so we stop teasing, so we give you all the – not all, but a lot more answers are given in this movie than any other Paranormal movie we’ve ever done.”
We also touched on Creep, the Patrick Bryce-directed film that Blumhouse premiered at SXSW in 2014. Back in August, Mark Duplass revealed plans to turn Creep into a trilogy and release all three films in 2015, but based on what Blum said, that might not happen anymore now:
“We talked about that for a while. I can’t promise you that’s gonna happen, but I promise Creep is gonna come out and it will come out in the next 12 months, and maybe sooner.”
From there we segued into The Lazarus Effect. Clearly many didn’t enjoy the movie as much as I did, but it’s hard not to think sequel when the story wrapped up the way it did. However, as one might expect, Blum said that’s not happening:
“No sequel, I’m sad to say … I wish the movie had done better so that we could have made a sequel, but it didn’t do well enough.”
Before wrapping up, Blum ran through Blumhouse’s TV slate which includes HBO’s The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, EyeCandy on MTV and South of Hell, which Blum is working on with Eli Roth. Apparently we can expect to get an airdate for that one shortly.
You can catch Blum discussing all the aforementioned projects in the video below and be sure to keep an eye out for the rest of my interview with him on Unfriended coming soon.