And yes, Blumhouse’s merger with James Wan’s Atomic Monster is ON — and closing this summer.
Because “Bioshock” wasn’t creepy enough, enter: Blumhouse.
“M3GAN,” the company behind the new “Halloween” and “The Purge” movies, is entering the “horror-themed” video game market, according to an announcement Tuesday. And rightly so: Blumhouse hired Zach Wood as President of Blumhouse Games and Dan Sechler as CFO. More about them below.
Buried in this morning’s press release was this nugget: “Late last year, Blumhouse and Atomic Monster announced plans to merge. The deal is expected to close sometime this summer.”
Blumhouse Games will collaborate with independent game developers on original games for console, PC and mobile platforms. It will focus on indie budget (under $10 million) games, which fits “in the spirit of its film business,” according to the press release.
“We have been looking to build a team for some time to access the growth opportunity of interactive media. When we sat down with Zach and Don, they articulated an approach that resonated with Blumhouse’s model, and we knew it was a perfect place to start pushing into the interactive space,” said Blumhouse President Abhijay Prakash. “With their experience, sensibility and knowledge of the gaming market, Zach and Don are the ideal leaders to bring Blumhouse’s unique genre strengths to gaming.”
“During my time in the industry, I’ve been fortunate to work closely with developers to bring their ideas to life. There is a unique opportunity for horror and genre in the indie space, and I am thrilled to be working with Blumhouse to leverage the company’s brand, reputation and creative talent,” said Wood.
Wood has been making video games for over 25 years; has released more than 30 games and worked on all major platforms. Wood has produced “Sound Shapes,” “Hohokum,” “The Unfinished Swan,” “Prey: Mooncrash,” and “Redfall,” to name a few. Sechler was head of finance, operations and strategy for Sony PlayStation’s publisher and developer relations function.
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Jason Blum’s Blumhouse also produced “Paranormal Activity,” “The Black Phone,” Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass,” “The Visit” and “Split.” . On the TV side, Blumhouse produced “The Thing About Pam,” “The Jinx” and “The Good Lord Bird.”