The Invisible Man was released in theaters over the weekend and has already garnered a $49.2 million dollar start worldwide.
In the wake of that success, Invisible Man writer/director Leigh Whannell has signed a new two-year, first look deal with Blumhouse that will cover any projects Whannell plans to write, direct or produce. Leigh Whannell and Blumhouse have collaborated on multiple projects including Insidious: Chapter 3, Upgrade and more.
Blumhouse CEO and founder Jason Blum had nothing but praise for Whannell and his relationship with the studio saying; “Leigh creates movies which not only build franchises but fundamentally change the landscape of their genre. After he and James Wan made Saw, it launched dozens of copycats. Their work with Blumhouse on Insidious, founded not just a franchise but dozens of classical proscenium PG-13 supernatural horror films. I have no doubt that will be true for The Invisible Man and for anything else he wants to create. I just want to be there with him when he does!”
Whannell weighed in on the news as well stating; “Ten years ago, I walked into Jason Blum’s office thinking that I was having a general meeting with a producer who liked horror movies,” he said. “Little did I know that a decade long partnership and friendship was about to begin. I have since watched his then-infant company, Blumhouse, grow into a powerhouse of genre films; a nurturing place that is willing to take risks on people. Indeed, they have taken plenty of risks on me and I look forward to taking many more with them as they continue to grow in the world of film and television.”
Whannell will serve as producer on the next installment in the Saw franchise he co-created called Spiral and his next directing gig will be a remake of the John Carpenter classic Escape From New York.