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Blumhouse and Atomic Monster Merger Officially A Done Deal

Blumhouse and Atomic Monster Merger Officially A Done Deal

Two of Modern Horror’s Biggest Production Companies Unite For a New Age of Terror

The business marriage of the year has been officiated! Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions and James Wan’s Atomic Monster have officially signed off on the deal to merge their companies. Both companies have had relatively new but hard-hitting successes in their history thus far, and horror fans will be having a lot to look forward to in the coming years. 

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Founded in 2000 by Jason Blum, Blumhouse Productions created low-budget horror films like Paranormal Activity (2007) that would become massive successes in the box office (IMDb). Working alongside partners such as Miramax, CryptTV, and Universal Pictures, the production company released many popular films such as Insidious (2010), Get Out (2017), and The Black Phone (2021). This fresh film company provided unique horror films that weren’t being seen anywhere else, which fascinated old audiences.

In 2014, James Wan founded Atomic Monster, a production company that worked with New Line Cinemas and Warner Bros. Pictures (IMDb). Following the mass horror successes of the 2010s, Atomic Monster was given the expenses to create hits such as Annabelle (2014), The Nun (2018), and Malignant (2021). It seemed that Blumhouse Productions had a rival due to this company’s successes, yet it was made apparent that the owners thought differently.

Blumhouse and Atomic Monster Merger Officially A Done Deal
Kerry Condon as Eve Image: Blumhouse, Atomic Monster, and Universal Pictures

In 2022, the two production companies partnered together with Universal Studios to create the scary dancer doll film M3gan, which became a major hit both in the box office as well as on social media, as told by an early 2023 Deadline article. Since the film was such a massive win for both companies, it only made sense when they told Variety the news that they were going to merge.

A Monster Mash

When asked why Jason Blum and James Wan wanted to partner together, Jason Wan explained to The Hollywood Reporter in November 2022 that they hoped for an “uptick” in film releases, potentially doubling the releases they already were making. They further explained that though both production companies will continue working separately when it comes to their label creativities, they will be owned together by Blum and Wan, as well as their parent company, NBCUniversal. This means that horror fans will be receiving nearly twice as many films from the companies that have helped reinvent horror in the past decade, with twice the amount of expenses.

Though the wait to see their future content is agonizing, fans can now watch M3gan on Amazon Prime and YouTube. Then, if that’s still not enough, Blumhouse Productions and Atomic Monster are releasing a new horror called Night Swim that is to be released January 5, 2024. A perfect timing for audiences to experience the possible future of this company marriage.

Blumhouse and Atomic Monster Merger Officially A Done Deal
Matthew Lillard as Steve Raglan/William Afton Image: Blumhouse and Universal Pictures

Night Swim (2024) Official Universal Studios Trailer

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With a bachelor's degree in Film and Media Studies from Arizona State University, Ashley has a passion for the history of filmmaking and how audiences share a relationship with publicized media. Her love for the horror genre as well as feminist themes runs deep.

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Cailen Fienemann is a current student at Le Moyne College pursuing her BA in English and Communications with a film studies minor and a creative writing concentration.  Though uncertain about her career end-goals, any job that allows her to write is a cherished one indeed.