Horror specialist Blumhouse Productions
is moving into animation, teaming with DreamWorks Animation
on a feature film: a dark comedy tentatively titled “Spooky Jack.”
The companies have tapped Robert Ben Garant
to write the script, based on his original idea about three siblings who move into a new house and accidentally finding monsters — and discover that the monsters are as afraid of humans as humans are of monsters.DreamWorks Animation
’s Damon Ross
will produce and Blumhouse’s Jason Blum
will exec produce. The project had been in the works at Blumhouse as a live-action feature script by Garant.
Blumhouse has a 10-year first-look deal with Universal, while the studio’s parent, Comcast, bought DreamWorks Animation
last year for $3.8 billion. Analysts believe that DreamWorks Animation
will give Universal added clout in competing with rivals like Disney, Time Warner, and Viacom in competing for family audiences.
Blumhouse has a formidable record in horror with “Split
” and “Get Out