Jason Blum has a lot of credit for the Paranormal Activity franchise. The found footage films have helped establish his Blumhouse Productions as a monster horror movie behemoth, allowing him to pursue challenging projects with greater financial freedom.
Blum discussed the current state of the franchise and his desire to leave the film industry.
Blum said that it has already been enough. That last Paranormal Activity film was awful.
Blum stated that he does not wish to continue his horror franchises forever. Danny McBride and David Gordon Greens rebooted their Halloween series, though that one was for business reasons rather than artistic ones.
We said: Halloween is coming to an end. At least, for Blumhouse, at least. With other things, you just have this feeling it's time to put them to bed. It would come back if some filmmaker I admire, like Scott Derrickson, said: I have a great idea for a Paranormal Activity film. But it's not something I want to do.
Blum has moved on to other projects, including a reboot of The Exorcist from director David Gordon Green.
He said we are getting set to make it. Hopefully, we will do the same thing with The Exorcist that we did with Halloween,make it in a way that's fresh and worthwhile to revisit. And is unique enough to make people happy we did it.
Blum is seeking the same level of respect and disruption that made his Halloween reboots a success, which is why Green was his first choice for the job.
Blum claims that he is excellent at respecting existing intellectual property and putting a fresh spin on it.