Earlier this year, Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum spoke about the difficulties hiring a female director for their horror and genre slate of projects. He had terrible excuses like the suggestion that "there aren't a lot of them." If you're reading this you probably know that's just not true. Blum apologized for the statements, saying they were making an effort to find female directors for their projects.
And now, it's actually happened!
Blumhouse's first female director Sophia Takal (Always Shine, Green) will tackle an episode of horror event-series Into the Dark. In addition to it being the very first female-directed piece from Blumhouse, the episode will also feature an all-female cast. The story goes like this:
"A group of friends from high school reconnects for a special New Year's Eve girls night but as they begin to rehash old memories many of the gripes they've been harboring manifest in murderous ways."
Uhhhh, this sounds terrifying yet fantastic. Who doesn't like to reminisce at the end of the year? Plus, nothing says fresh start like some murder to wipe the slate clean. "New Year, New You" will star Suki Waterhouse (Assassination Nation), Carly Chaikin (Mr. Robot), Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Killing Eve), and Melissa Bergland (Winners & Losers).
The event series will feature monthly genre/thriller installments inspired by a holiday and began October 5th with Halloween. Start brainstorming what could come in 2019 as we all keep our fingers crossed for more female-directed everything in the new year.
The "New Year, New You" episode of In the Dark will premiere on Hulu December 28.