Although his credits include all types of films, it’s really within the horror genre that Jason Blum has made his name. The powerhouse producer has been behind some of the biggest hits in recent years, including the Paranormal Activity franchise, Insidious, Sinister, and The Bay. In 2013, he’ll try to continue that winning streak with a slew of new thrillers.

Among them is Dark Skies, an alien invasion flick directed by Scott Charles Stewart. Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton, and Dakota Goyo (Real Steel) play a family targeted by a mysterious force. J.K. Simmons also stars, as an expert who may be able to help them deal with the situation. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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It’s a damn shame that Joe Carnahan‘s gritty Daredevil reboot never got off the ground, but at least the filmmaker’s got plenty of other projects to keep him busy. Among them are a remake of Charles Bronson’s Death Wish and the Groundhog Day-ish actioner Continue, but first, apparently, he’s going to do the low-budget Stretch with Patrick Wilson. Don’t worry, that’s not “Stretch” as in “Armstrong.” As far as we know. More after the jump.

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Three and a half decades after Brian De Palma first brought Stephen King to the big screen with Carrie, the horror author seems to be hotter than ever. It feels like hardly a week goes by without news of yet another King adaptation project, and this week is no exception.

The newest King-inspired picture in the works is Universal Pictures’ Mercy, a fantasy horror based on his short story “Gramma.” Paranormal powerhouse Jason Blum will produce through Blumhouse Pictures, along with McG and Mary Viola. Several of the key pieces are already in place: Peter Cornwell is set to direct from a script by Matt Greenberg, with Frances O’Connor (A.I.) attached to star. More details after the jump.

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After making a career out of haunted house movies — most notably the Paranormal Activity series — producer Jason Blum is moving on to actual haunted houses. Blum has announced plans for The Blumhouse of Horrors, a Halloween attraction in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Blum’s production company is currently at work turning the historic Variety Arts Theater into the rundown vaudeville venue with some deep, dark secrets. More after the jump.

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Major actors going to TV and major characters returning to TV are just two of the following TV Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • MTV’s new found footage show, The Experiment, is inspired by Paranormal Activity.
  • Mark Strong will star in an AMC pilot called Low Winter Sun.
  • Channing Tatum’s wife Jenna Dewan (above) will romance Adam Levine on American Horror Story season 2.
  • Matthew Weiner talks seasons 6 and 7 of Mad Men including Elisabeth Moss‘ role.

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Last year, Universal Pictures decided to ditch its adaptation of the Hasbro game Ouija, and for a time it looked like Paramount would be the one to make the movie. But Paramount couldn’t get it off the ground either, and it was Universal itself who eventually picked it back up this past spring, albeit in a rather different, lower-budget form. An impressive 95% lower, to be more precise: according to reports that came out around that time, the studio had chopped the production budget down from $100 million to just $5 million, or about the cost of Paranormal Activity 3.

And with that new number in mind, the studio has now found just the pair to bring the property to the big screen. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White, the writers behind Knowing and the upcoming The Possession, will write rewrite the script and make their directorial debuts on Ouija. More details after the jump.

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Last August, Universal decided not to move ahead with the film version of Hasbro’s board game Ouija. The film was reportedly a $100 million plus adventure in the mold of Pirates of the Caribbean, produced by Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and directed by McG from a script by Tron: Legacy writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Universal deemed that project too expensive and let it go. Last we heard, a new screenwriter was reworking the property and other studios were being courted.

Monday, Universal revealed they’re back on board with the board game, though it’s now sporting a totally revamped look. Once costing over $100 million, the new version will cost closer to $5 million. I’m not missing a zero. Five million dollars. To help with that, they’ve brought along producer Jason Blum who made hits out of other micro budget films like Paranormal Activity and Insidious. A 2013 release is planned. Read more after the jump. Read More »

2011 was the biggest year ever for sequels, with a record-breaking 27 scheduled to hit theaters. And while it’s too early to say exactly how many we can expect in 2012 and beyond, judging by posts like this one it seems safe to say that the trend won’t be dying down anytime soon. After the jump:

  • Entertainment Weekly unveils the first look at Sam Worthington in Wrath of the Titans
  • Sony registers domain names for the as-yet-unannounced Insidious 2
  • Steven Spielberg’s longtime producer Kathleen Kennedy says Jurassic Park 4 is still looking for “a great script”
  • Kennedy also says the sequel to The Adventures of Tintin could hit as early as Christmas 2014
  • Bradley Cooper reveals that The Hangover Part III could start shooting in L.A. in September

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