- INSIDER spoke with producer Jason Blum, the man behind horror hits like “Split,” “Paranormal Activity,” and “Happy Death Day.”
- Blum was clear there are currently no plans for a shared universe involving his characters, but it’s something he is interested in figuring out.
- If you head out to see his latest film, “Happy Death Day 2U,” it teases a potential way that could be possible, something which Blum acknowledged.
Jason Blum is the man behind some of the most successful low-budget horror franchises right now.
His production company Blumhouse Productions is responsible for hits including, “Get Out,” “Split,” the “Paranormal Activity” films, the “Halloween” reboot, and this month’s “Happy Death Day” sequel and Blum told INSIDER he’s interested in seeing some of those characters together in a cinematic universe of his own.
“It’s something I would like to do,” Blum told INSIDER of trying to combine together some of his characters from different franchises into a similar universe.
“I don’t know if we’re going to do it or not. We don’t have any plans to do it, but it’s something that rattles around in my head and I’d love to try and figure it out,” he added.
The idea of a cinematic universe isn’t new. Marvel successfully rolled out several individual superhero movies before combining its characters together in 2012’s “The Avengers.” That franchise is now 20 movies deep. Warner Bros. also has its DC cinematic universe featuring its Justice League superheroes, although its overall success has been somewhat more scattered than Marvel.
INSIDER reminded Blum that an idea is introduced in his next movie, “Happy Death Day 2U,” which could potentially help see some of his characters together. But we won’t spoil that yet.
“Well, that’s right,” Blum said while laughing.
We wondered if there may already already be some hints at ties to a larger cinematic universe. Jordan Peele, who directed Blumhouse Production’s March release, “Us,” shared a poster Wednesday teasing star Lupita Nyong’o taking off a creepy mask of another version of herself. The thriller follows a family confronted by a version of not-so-nice-looking doppelgängers.
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) February 6, 2019
We’ve had “Happy Death Day 2U” on the brain so it immediately reminded us a bit of the equally creepy baby mask featured in that franchise, but Blum shot down any connection between the two.
“Not in that case. I truly don’t so,” said Blum. “You’d have to ask Jordan, but not as far as I know. And I don’t think that was intentional.”
“Us,” also a Blumhouse Production, will be in theatres March 22. Until then, “Happy Death Day 2U” will be in theatres Wednesday, February 13.
“I’m incredibly proud of the movie,” Blum said of the sequel. “It’s my seventh movie I’ve done with Chris Landon. He’s definitely one of the most talented filmmakers we work with, period. As much as I like the first movie, I like ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ even better.”
You can watch a trailer for “Happy Death Day 2U” here or below.
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