By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Joining its slates of movies for Amazon and Hulu, Blumhouse is now set to develop and produce a new slate of exclusive features.
The TV arm of Jason Blum’s fear factory has pacted with EPIX to create eight standalone horror films, beginning with A HOUSE ON THE BAYOU from writer/director Alex McAulay (DON’T TELL A SOUL). This one will begin shooting in late spring for a planned premiere in December 2021; the synopsis: “The film follows a troubled couple and their preteen daughter who go on vacation to an isolated house in the Louisiana bayou to reconnect as a family. But when unexpected visitors arrive, their facade of family unity starts to unravel, as terrifying secrets come to light.”
This is the first deal of its kind for EPIX, which is mobilizing more original movies for its slate, and has already teamed with Blumhouse on the four-part satanic-cult docuseries FALL RIVER, which premieres May 16. “Blumhouse’s track record of producing high-quality, audience-favorite films have made them a driving force in the horror genre renaissance, and have been topnotch partners for EPIX,” says the network’s president Michael Wright. “We can’t wait to work with Jason Blum and his talented team in this new capacity, and make EPIX the exclusive home of more Blumhouse content.”
“This partnership with EPIX is an additional opportunity for us to collaborate with a great team in helping them grow their slate of genre films, while continuing to bring Blumhouse fans the kind of programming they know and love,” says Blumhouse Television president Chris McCumber. Following A HOUSE ON THE BAYOU, the other seven movies will debut in 2022.