Blumhouse Inks 'Invisible Man' Director Leigh Whannell to Overall Deal

Invisible Man is in theaters now, to wide acclaim, and Blumhouse is taking no chances. Director Leigh Whannell has inked an overall deal with the studio. Lasting for two years, Blumhouse will have first look at any film or television projects he may come up with, and I am guessing that will include more fresh takes on Universal Monsters. Leigh Whannell is familiar to horror fans as one of the father's of the Saw franchise with James Wan, who also partnered on the Insidious franchise with Blumhouse. He has worked with the production house since, including directing Insidious: Chapter 3 and 2018's Upgrade. With Invisible Man, Blumhouse head Jason Blum says that he just wants to be in the Whannell buisiness going forward:

Leigh Whannell at the world premiere of his movie Insidious Chapter 3 at the TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood.

"Leigh creates movies which not only build franchises but fundamentally change the landscape of their genre," Blumhouse's Jason Blum said in a statement. "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!"

"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," Whannell said in a statement. "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."

 

First seen on The Hollywood Reporter

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