Jason Blum Wants To Make A Horror Movie Directed By A Woman But "There Aren't A Lot"
The head of Blumhouse Productions, the prolific company behind horror hits like 'Get Out' and 'The Purge' was asked why he hasn't made a film directed by a woman.
The production company has been a giant in the genre since Paranormal Activity in 2007 and saw even more recent success with The Purge and Insidious series. But in over a decade, the studio hasn't released a single theatrically released horror directed by a woman.
Jason Blum was asked about that statistic in a recent interview with Polygon where he said he "hoped" to change, adding, "We’re not trying to do it because of recent events. We’ve always been trying."
"There are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror," Blum said.
According to the Centre for the Study of Women in Television and Film, Blum isn't entirely wrong -- out of the top 100 grossing films of last year, only 11 percent of directors were women.
Women made up only 18 percent of all directors, writers, producers, editors and cinematographers on the top 250 domestic grossing films in 2017, which is only one percent higher than in 1998.
The move toward gender parity within the industry has been a slow, uphill battle. Movements like #TimesUp have put a lot more pressure around the inclusivity of women, but there's still a great deal of resistance. Film festivals like Cannes and Venice signed charters aimed at increasing visibility and inclusion across their juries, film selection and even at the board level.
Blum told Polygon that his company had met with several female directors, and the studio has released films directed by women, they've just all been home entertainment releases, bypassing the cinema. Names like Karen Moncrieff, Catherine Hardwicke and Veena Sud all have Blumhouse credits on their resumes, but their films went straight to DVD.
The Blumhouse head also noted films like the upcoming Halloween reboot had a strong influence from female talent in the form of Jamie Lee Curtis.
"Her involvement was very important to me, and in retrospect, I just don’t think there’s been any version of a movie that really would have worked anywhere as well as this one does without her," Blum said of Curtis.
Recent changes and social movements have also affected the roles for women on the other side of the camera, with Curtis herself saying the recent Halloween was obviously influenced by #MeToo.
"Ultimately as we are learning in so many areas, women are trying to take back the narrative in their own lives from men who have abused them, in myriad ways," Curtis told People.
"Trauma is a generational disease because it affects everybody in the family. So that’s what I think is so exciting about [this film]. They’ve explored that through the relationships between mother, daughter, granddaughter."
Halloween arrives in cinemas across Australia on October 25.
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