Jason Blum is best known for Blumhouse, producing a lot of horror at the moment. James Wan runs Atomic Monster, best known for producing a fair bit of horror as well. It looks like they are in talks to merge under the banner of Universal.
If the merger goes ahead, Atomic Monster will benefit from the “first look deal” that Blumhouse has with Universal Pictures at the moment. It seems that both of the companies would still use their own logos and identity, but just with the Universal logo at the start.
Blumhouse is known for movies like Paranormal Activity, The Purge, (the newest) Halloween, Happy Death Day, Ouija, Sinister, and most recently, The Black Phone. Most of these franchises have started well, but, in true Hollywood fashion, have been getting worse as the series goes on.
Atomic Monster, a fairly new company, has produced movies like Saw, Annabelle, Lights Out, The Nun, Mortal Kombat, Malignant, and There’s Someone Inside Your House. Again, movies that are a little hit-and-miss there.
It looks like the first co-produced movie they are working on together is M3gan, due out in Jan 2023.
Universal tried to launch the Dark Universe, with The Mummy in 2017, starring Tom Cruise. However, that didn’t go according to plan, it did gross over $400 million, but was universally slated by critics and fans.
The Invisible Man (2020) had more praise, but didn’t do so well at the box office. According to some websites, there is still a plan to have more Universal Monster movies out there, like Frankenstein, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolfman, Dracula, Phantom of the Opera and more, but these are all just in the early stages.
Will the merger of Blumhouse and Atomic Monster finally get the Dark Universe launched for real?