With the summer movie season winding down, many of the heavy hitters have already hit theaters. While such movies like Beauty and the Beast ($504 Million), Wonder Woman ($396 Million), and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 ($387 Million) have been making serious bank, these films also had massive budgets for film production and marketing costs. Sure, they’re making a large amount of money through box office receipts and merchandising, but they don’t have the biggest Return on Investment (ROI) for their massive budgets. Turns out the most successful film of 2017 so far did not involve talking silverware, Amazonians, or superhero raccoons, but instead were small budget horror films.
Yesterday, Todd McFarlane promised big news about Spawn and the movie he’s been trying to make for years that bears that character’s name. From the sounds of yesterday’s Facebook Live announcement, McFarlane was bursting at the seams about the news he had, understandable given the amount of time, effort and energy he’s invested, but you could tell that this was going to be a little bit more serious than “I’m starting a Kickstarter!” Indeed, McFarlane just announced with Kevin Smith at San Diego Comic Con that he’s teaming with Blumhouse Productions to bring Spawn back to the multiplex. (more…)
With two big hits already this year with Split and Get Out, no one is going to doubt the capacity of Blumhouse to crank out horror hits. Blumhouse is now a big name in horror, but no one has more name cache in the genre than Stephen King, whose work is in the midst of a kind of Hollywood renaissance right now with the pending release of The Dark Tower and It later this year. Combining King and Blumhouse seems like common sense, which is why it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that their forces are about to be combined on a new version of Firestarter. (more…)