Amidst the impending release of a new Halloween film from Blumhouse, super-producer Jason Blum has expressed interest in resurrecting two other moribund horror film franchises: Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. But not so fast —there’s still a long way to go before they become a reality.
In an interview with Forbes, the producer behind Get Out and Sharp Objects confirmed that he “would like to do both of” those franchises. That said, Blum noted there’s “a rights situation with all those movies” that’s all “very tangled and very complicated.”
Blum continued: “It's one thing to say you want to do them and it's a whole other thing to get to actually do it.” He pointed out that “Halloween was in the works … for four or five years before it evolved, so, there are business obstacles to cross.”
The last mainline film in the I Know What You Did Last Summer series – I Still Know What You Did Last Summer – came out in 1998 (though a straight-to-DVD sequel, I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, hit in 2006). The most recent Scream film – Scre4m – hit theatres in 2011. The property is currently a TV series on MTV.
Last month, Blum hinted in a Twitter Q&A with fans that Blumhouse was open to buying the rights to these film series. When a fan asked if there was any chance Blum would make a new Scream film, he cryptically replied: “Never say never.” And when asked if he’d produce a hypothetical remake/reboot of I Know What You Did Last Summer, Blum coyly responded: “Maybe.”
Neither in the Q&A nor in the Forbes interview did Blum specify whether deals for either franchises were currently in the works.
Although acquiring the rights is indeed an obstacle, it’s far from an insurmountable road block. After all, Blum and his Blumhouse banner is developing a reputation as the premier source for horror, so it’s easily conceivable that Blumhouse could make a deal with these series’ current owners.
However, even if these remakes, sequels or reboots do happen, they’ll be years off at the earliest. In the meantime, we’ve got the upcoming David Gordon Green-directed Halloween to look forward to.
What say you? Are these franchises you’d like to see resurrected? Or should they stay dead and buried. Let us know in the comments below.