Jason Blum would have passed on A Quiet Place

Well, it seems like today is just chock full of Blumhouse news (but what's new?), as we just brought you the news that producer Jason Blum will make GET OUT 2 in a second - if Jordan Peele returns. And as top-of-their-game as Blumhouse has been over the past decade, it looks like one recent horror hit would have been passed on had it come through the office of Blumhouse.

That hit horror film is co-writer-director John Krasinski's recent horror-thriller A QUIET PLACE co-starring his wife Emily Blunt. The breakout hit grossed $326.3 million worldwide on a $21 million budget, but Jason Blum just admitted to Variety that he would have passed on the film.

Jason Blum:

I could not have pulled it off. I would have loved to produce the movie, but I don’t think we would have done it as well as they did it, because it’s a totally different space that we operate in. It’s a big movie. The effects in that movie were spectacular. Effects in horror movies are almost impossible to do well and that’s why you rarely see them in our movies. You get a good look at the monster, which is usually a real no-no in horror. It’s a no-no, because every time you get a look at it, it’s often much less scary than what you could have imagined. That’s not true in this movie, and that’s to their credit.

And so in the end, maybe it was for the best that A QUIET PLACE was instead produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes with a bigger budget than Blum’s micro-budget template usually offers. Blumhouse horror movies have budgets under $5 million unless they're part of a franchise. At that point, Blum might okay a budget of $10 million tops. And again, A QUIET PLACE was given a budget of $ 21 million via Platinum Dunes.

The film is based on a screenplay written by Krasinski along with Bryan Woods and Scott Beck and is:

A taut and original thriller that follows a family who must navigate their lives in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. Knowing that even the slightest whisper or footstep can bring death, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee (John Krasinski) are determined to find a way to protect their children at all costs while they desperately search for a way to fight back. The film earned a 95% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes and generated an extraordinary $175M+ at the domestic box office.

Bonus Content that will appear on the Blu-ray includes:

Creating the Quiet – Behind the Scenes of A QUIET PLACE

The Sound of Darkness – Editing Sound for A QUIET PLACE

A Reason for Silence – The Visual Effects of A QUIET PLACE

It will be hitting Digital tomorrow and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD from Paramount Home Media Distribution on July 10th.


Extra Tidbit: What did you think of A QUIET PLACE?
Source: Variety



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