Over the last decade, Blumhouse has been an important person to help horror movies became a bigger part of mainstream pop culture. In classic franchises such as Halloween and The Exorcist under its belt along with its own originals such as The Cleansing and M3GAN, the production company continues to expansion. One of its next big projects is the adaptation of Scott Cawthorn’s popular video game series Five Nights at Freddy’s, and if Jason Blum has his way, it won’t be the only one game faced by Blumhouse.
In a recent interview with Movie DiscussionBlum talked about his excitement at the flurry of video game adaptations that led to the Super Mario Bros. which was a billion-dollar hit. During that speech, he mentioned that he is “really looking forward to finding more games that are popular and that we can make horror movies.” At least one of those is already known: in March, it was revealed that the studio and James Wan’s production company Atomic Monster planned to adapt the multiplayer slasher game by Behavior Interactive. Dead in the Sun for the film.
Blum’s comment is unusual since earlier this year, Blumhouse too announced the creation of his own video game division. Although a project has not yet been announced, it is explained that the company plans to continue the “make it cheap, but good” strategy that it uses for films and making games with a “small” budget. $10 million or less. It wouldn’t be surprising if part of its strategy also included making a game for a specific franchise (even one that dormant or still relatively active), then boosted the franchise’s profile even with one film. Konami has already done something like that Silent Hill, with several games in development along with an interactive TV show and another movie.
So far, 2023 has seen a surge of triple-A horror game releases with releases such as Amnesia: The Bunker and remake for Dead Space and Resident Evil 4 (which used to be particularly successful for Capcom). With Alan Wake II and a remake for Silent Hill 2 both are set to come out this year, there’s a feeling that the horror genre has well and truly returned to the blockbuster games space. And how game developers are eager to get their work done adapted to other mediumsit wouldn’t be surprising if Blumhouse turned to one of these seriesor others with a good amount of strength
Five Nights at Freddy’s will be released in theaters on October 27.
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