James Wan Taps Bluegrass Films Exec Michael Clear to Lead His Production Company

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Michael Clear

Clear most recently was vice president at Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass Films, where he worked on projects including 'Safe House,' 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' and the upcoming Matthew McConaughey starrer 'The Free State of Jones.'

Director-producer James Wan has hired away Bluegrass Films executive Michael Clear to head his Atomic Monster production company.

Clear will oversee day-to-day operations and report to Wan.

"Michael is a great addition to the Atomic Monster team," Wan said. "Michael is a savvy decision-maker and a dynamic executive. He and I have a similar taste in films, and I’m looking forward to working with him to jumpstart our production slate."

Added Clear: "I am excited to have the opportunity to work with and learn from James, whose keen instincts, resourcefulness and creative vision have consistently won over audiences around the world."

As a director, Wan’s most recent film is Furious 7, which has earned more than $1.5 billion worldwide. He is a producer on Insidious: Chapter 3, which was released on June 5. Wan will next direct The Conjuring 2 for New Line.

Clear most recently was vice president at Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass Films, where he worked on projects including Safe House, A Million Ways to Die in the West and the upcoming Matthew McConaughey starrer The Free State of Jones. Clear also has roots in genre films, having set up and developed Bird Box, a psychological thriller adapted by Eric Heisserer that Andy Muschietti is attached to direct at Universal.

Atomic Monster is a film and TV production company that has a deal with New Line through which it will develop and produce modestly budgeted genre films, including thrillers, sci-fi, action, horror and comedy. Annabelle, which marked the first film produced under the banner, earned more than $252 million worldwide.

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