Amazon Studios has entered into a new production deal with Jason Blum’s indie studio Blumhouse Television. The deal will bring a series of eight feature-length thrillers into production that will be released on Amazon Prime Video. It’s a good deal for both parties, as Amazon is always on the hunt for new content and Blumhouse Television will have the studio’s newly created films streamed across Amazon Prime’s over 200 territories across the globe.
Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, said: “Jason Blum has built an empire based on fear, shock and all things spinetingling. He has redefined the horror genre for fans who are hungry for high concept scares. Whether it’s found footage, a socially conscious terror comedy or a pure sinister adrenaline ride, he reinvented and infused the genre with cultural relevancy. We can’t wait to see the nightmares he brings direct to service for our Prime Video global audience.”
“We are delighted Amazon is entrusting Blumhouse to deliver its signature thrills and chills to its global audience through this deal,” said Jason Blum. “This is a great opportunity for Blumhouse Television to empower underrepresented filmmakers offering a fresh take on the dark genres loved by fans the world over,” said Blum, founder of the indie television studio.
The deal is a bit of a landmark for Amazon Studios, marking the first ever global direct-to-service deal for feature-length programs. Amazon recently closed exclusive first-look deals with Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films, director Reed Morano, and Oscar winner Jordan Peele.
While this is going on, Amazon Studios is busy distributing other theatrical movies for consumers. Up next is Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War,” the official Polish entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, that project will open exclusively in theaters on December 21st. Currently in theaters are Luca Guadagnino’s ”Suspiria” starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson, and Felix van Groeningen’s “Beautiful Boy” starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet.
Blumhouse Television has earned Emmy awards for its productions of HBO’s “The Normal Heart” and “The Jinx,” as well as the prestigious Peabody award for “The Jinx” and the documentary “How to Dance in Ohio.” Since becoming an independent studio in 2017, the studio has made plans to launch a limited series for Showtime based on journalist Gabriel Sherman’s reporting on former Fox News chief Roger Ailes. That project will star Russell Crowe, with Tom McCarthy writing and executive producing. There was also the hit “Sharp Objects,” the limited series from Marti Noxon and Gillian Flynn based on Flynn’s best-selling novel of the same name. That project launched on HBO and starred Amy Adams and was directed by Jean-Marc Valle. This is the same studio That produces “The Purge,” the top drama on USA Network this year, from writer/director/producer James DeMonaco and based on the popular film franchise. The studio was also behind the holiday themed anthology event series “Into the Dark” for Hulu.
Hopefully we will get a few titles and hear about the castings for the projects over the next year. Amazon Studios stated that the films will be “thematically connected” but didn’t confirm if that meant a new franchise like Blumhouse’s “Insidious” films, or something like an anthology series. It could just mean the eight films just fit under the horror/thriller genre in general, so we will have to wait and see for now.