Producer Jason Blum Talks Paranormal Activity 3, Area 51, The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes

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Producer Jason Blum has found a lot of success in the horror genre. In fact, with both Paranormal Activity films as well as Insidious under his belt and a myriad of other projects on the horizon, that’s a bit of an understatement.

The Rotten one over at Shock Till You Drop recently sat down with Blum to talk about all of his successes and his future projects.

Concerning Paranormal Activity 3 and the hiring of Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman:

“Scares aren’t scary unless you believe the family relationships. You have to buy into the conceit that the footage is real, and that’s why we selected those directors. I think the scares will come. I don’t think you want to reverse engineer a movie. Story first, scares will come out of that.”

Concerning The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes:

“Dan [Farrands] and Casey [La Scala] came to me and said they wanted to do a found footage version of Amityville and they had the rights to do it. I knew Bob [Weinstein] had the rights to do it. I said, lets take it to Bob and not fight him but join him – I worked for Bob and Harvey for five years – and we pitched it to Bob, and he threw it into production. We’re making our movie and releasing in January.”

Producer Jason Blum Talks Paranormal Activity 3, Area 51, The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes

Concerning how long we’ve all been waiting for Oren Peli’s Area 51:

“Area 51 is like Paranormal Activity. The additional photography for Paranormal Activity, we went back 50 times. The great thing about doing extra shooting for inexpensive movies is that the cost is low, so we screen and shoot and screen and shoot. Oren and I were pulled away from Area 51 a lot for the second Paranormal. Once that came out, we ramped up on Area 51 again. I anticipate the movie will be mostly done in about three or four months. They can’t set a release date yet until we do all of that.”

Blum also went on to say that Area 51, depending on the competitive release schedule, could be released this year instead of 2012.

Hit up the above linkage for more including tidbits on Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem, the untitled Scott Derrickson project, and The Bay.

Look for more on all of these soon.

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