This week marks the launch of the new Halloween movie that is produced by the powerhouse production company, Blumhouse Productions. For the Blumhouse production owner, Jason Blum, this should be a week of celebration, however, it turned out to be a week of foot-in-mouth and back peddling.
During an interview with Polygon that was published early this week where Blum was supposed to be promoting the release of the new film a question was posed asking why the production company has yet to hire any female directors for their staple horror films. This is what Jason Blum ha to say:
There are not a lot of female directos period, and even less who are inclined to do horror. I’m a massive admirer of [The Bobadook director] Jennifer Kent. I’ve offered her every movie we’ve had available. She’s turned me down every time.
Soon after the publication of this article the entire industry came down on the producer, offering up many female directos that are more than willing to direct one of his horror movies.
However, Jason Blum took to his twitter account to follow up on his “…dumb comments in that interview,” admitting that he made “a stupid mistake.”
Now, it is up to the individual to forgive or condemn Blum, however, this just seems like a case of foot-in-mouth. This apology does seem sincere. blum has concluded everything with a promise that, “I will do better.” Don’t be surprised if there is a new female horror director assigned to the next Blumhouse horror movie.
Don’t expect this to hurt the Halloween movie’s too much, the film is still on an estimated track to gross anywhere between $65-70 million dollars.