NEW YORK, NY – MAY 16: Executive producer Jason Blum attends a round table for "This is Home: A Refugee Story" – Premier New York presentation at the Crosby Street Hotel on May 16, 2018 in the city of New York. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images for the International Rescue Committee)
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If any team can take credit for the rebirth of modern horror, it's Blumhouse Productions. The company, led by Jason Blum, has launched a series of successes in recent years, including The purge Y I left. But while their productions are numerous, the company has yet to theatrically release a horror film directed by a woman (although it has released films that are not directors' horror).
When Polygon asked him recently why it was that, Blum made a little effort, naming women directors with whom he has tried to work (Jennifer Kent who directed The Babadook, for example), then he pointed: "There are not a lot of women directors, and even fewer who are inclined to do the horror," he said. It took, oh, about five minutes for the internet. to check your comment naming dozens of directors who have released films in the genre. And just a few hours after the violent reaction, Blum issued an apology on Twitter, calling himself for his "silly comments."
"I made a stupid mistake," he wrote. "I talked too fast about a serious topic, a subject that I'm passionate about."
Here is the complete statement:
Thank you all for calling me in my silly comments on that
interview. I made a stupid mistake. I spoke too fast about a
A serious problem, a subject that I'm passionate about. More than 50 percent of our
The audience is female. More than 50 percent of Blumhouse executives are women. Some
Our most successful franchises are anchored by women, including the
an opening tomorrow / today, led by the biggest female legend of this
gender. But we have not done a good job working with women.
The directors and it's not because they do not exist. I heard from many
today. The way my passion came out was silly. And that's why I'm sorry.
I will do it better.
In the Polygon interview, writer. Matte patches he noticed that Blum "seemed shaken" when he realized that, in the last 12 years, his company had never released a horror film directed by a woman. "We're always trying to do that," Blum said. "We're not trying to do it because of recent events, we've always been trying."
She also had specific praise for Kent, who made waves in 2014 with her feature film debut: "Jennifer Kent, I've offered her all the movies we've had available, she's rejected me every time."
Blum then tried to name another specific director, but could not remember his name. With the help of his team, he finally discovered who he was thinking: Leigh Janiak, The filmmaker behind the independent horror film of 2014. Honeymoon. He said his team has also offered him a lot of projects, but nothing has come to fruition. Janiak confirmed to Polygon that he has met with Blum, but programming conflicts have got in the way of possible collaborations. "We will work together on something, someday soon," he wrote.