the New York Times reports that contemporary horror icons Jason Blum and James Wan will soon merge their companies, Blumhouse Productions and Atomic Monster, respectively, into one monster house of horror.
Blumhouse, known for its low-budget approach to horror movies, is currently in a first-look deal with Universal, which would extend to Atomic Monster as long as the deal closes. Wan’s similar deal with Warner Bros. ended earlier this year after seven years.
Speaking to the Times, Blum discussed why the merger makes sense and how Wan makes him feel whole as a filmmaker.
“James is probably 70 to 80 percent artist and 30 to 20 percent business person, and I’m the other way around,” Blum explained. “We really complement each other, the yin and the yang, which is part of what makes this so exciting.”
After the merger, both production companies are expected to continue to operate as their own labels, each maintaining their own autonomy and creative sensibilities. Atomic Monster expects to use the existing Blumhouse infrastructure to further scale its activities in film, television and new content areas such as podcasts and audio programs, including video games.
Blumhouse and Atomic Monsters have already collaborated on the upcoming M3gan, a sci-fi thriller about an AI doll that goes berserk and goes on a rampage. The dancing doll scene went viral when the first trailer fell earlier this fall.
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