Jason Blum, the producer behind such modern horror hits as Paranormal Activity, Get Out, and The Purge, is now producing for the small screen. In an interview with Variety, the Blumhouse Productions founder has plans to oversee several TV projects.
Blum admits that the bulk of what he’s looking to produce for TV will be political dramas and true crime stories. But despite branching out into new genres, Blum isn’t abandoning his horror roots. In addition to developing a series based on Blumhouse’s successful Purge film franchise, he assures Variety that about a fifth of the shows he plans to develop will be horror.
And beyond the 20 percent of output that will be horror, even the other series plan to tap into darker themes. As Blumhouse TV’s co-president Marci Wiseman tells Variety: “It’s not just about the monster under the bed but also the things that keep us up at night.”
The first show by Blumhouse TV to air is Sharp Objects for HBO, which premieres July 8. In addition to the HBO limited series starring Amy Adams, Blumhouse TV is also working on two shows centered on contemporary politics, two true-crime limited series, and an adaptation of James McBride’s novel The Good Lord Bird with Ethan Hawke.
And although these projects may not be horror tales, Blum admits that, to him, there’s nothing more frightening than the conservative media that has fostered the rise of Donald Trump.
“Roger Ailes scares me,” Blum tells Variety. “Steve Bannon scares me.”
The Purge series will debut on USA and SYFY in September.