Jason Blum (Blumhuse Productions) appeared on the Ben Shapiro Show: Sunday Special, Daily Wire editor-in-chief sat down with Jason Blum to discuss Blumhouse’s THE HUNT, which got the digital release treatment due to theaters closing their doors nationwide because of the threat of the Coronavirus spread, and that move is something that Blum believes will be a gamechanger moving forward: “I think it’s not realistic to think all the studios are going to wait four months before they put a movie at home. They just can’t compete, they’re going to have to compete with Amazon and Netflix and Apple in a different way. There’s going to be shifts. The consumer is going to be more used to staying at home. Something is going to give, there has to be something that’s going to happen post-corona. The movie business will look different after the coronavirus.”
Shapiro asked the producer whether he believes a shift in the movie industry and Hollywood business model would also bring about changes in the content of films themselves. “How does that impact genres like horror? So horror is a genre that almost demands to be seen with other people, Shapiro said “If you’re streaming a movie and you can just pause it at the scary part and go to the bathroom, that obviously radically changes how you see any of these films.”
I can see what he’s saying and the reality of it as well because who doesn’t want to see a brand new movie at the comfort of your own home and not have to bother with annoying crowds? Another thing that we have to also look at is the fact is if this going to be an on going thing where we get new releases on digital what does that look like for the box office in general and usually we make our money back with movies being played overseas to make up the difference.
But for me I want to see certain movies at the theater with other people, because I love the interaction with the crowd and seeing how they react to a certain scene and with a movie my own house it isn’t that exciting for me. Yeah I can pause the movie if I need to get something, but at the same time I feel like that I lost the tension build up or whatever else is going on in the movie itself because I paused it on a certain scene. We just have to wait and see what the future holds for films after this Corona mess is over with.