Leigh Whannell signs two year deal with Blumhouse
Whannell's latest with Blumhouse, the re-adaptation of The Invisible Man, has got off to a fantastic start at the box office. With the film hitting a global box office of $49M ($29M US and $20M International) in it's opening weekend the film is projected to easily hit over $100M. And with a modest budget of $7M - $10M the film is looking to be a huge success.
Following the success of The Invisible Man, Whannell has signed a two year deal with Blumhouse for film and television. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the first-look pact will include projects he writes, directs or produces.
Jasom Blum released the following statement following news of the deal.
"Leigh creates movies which not only build franchises but fundamentally change the landscape of their genre. After he and James Wan made Saw, it launched dozens of copycats. Their work with Blumhouse on Insidious founded not just a franchise but dozens of classical proscenium PG-13 supernatural horror films. I have no doubt that will be true for The Invisible Man and for anything else he wants to create. I just want to be there with him when he does!”
Having collaborated with Blumhouse now on seven projects, Whannell was thrilled with the deal.
"Ten years ago, I walked into Jason Blum's office thinking that I was having a general meeting with a producer who liked horror movies — little did I know that a decade-long partnership and friendship was about to begin. I have since watched his then-infant company, Blumhouse, grow into a powerhouse of genre films; a nurturing place that is willing to take risks on people. Indeed, they have taken plenty of risks on me and I look forward to taking many more with them as they continue to grow in the world of film and television."
As for what future projects they will be working on together, we currently don't have any idea. But I for one cannot wait to see what comes next!