Blumhouse Cuts Staff Amid Production Halt

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Eight employees across its film and TV divisions have been laid off.

As Hollywood shutters amid a novel coronavirus pandemic, Blumhouse is the latest firm to implement pay cuts for senior leadership as well as layoffs. 

The Los Angeles-based production company is cutting eight staffers across its film and TV divisions, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Additionally, senior leadership will be taking unspecified pay cuts. 

Blumhouse's remake thriller Fantasy Island, which debuted Feb. 14 domestically via Columbia Pictures, grossed $47 million worldwide, while The Invisible Man nabbed $126 million during an abbreviated run that began Feb. 26. 

The production company's The Hunt, delayed from August 2019 amid a firestorm of criticism about the film's plot, had the misfortune of opening stateside on March 13. The thriller opened days before most of the 5,000 theaters in the U.S. shuttered, and ultimately grossed $6.5 million globally. 

Universal, which struck a 10-year multiplatform distribution deal with Blumhouse in 2014, made The Hunt and Invisible Man available on-demand quicker than normal given that nearly all movie theaters are indefinitely closed. Both rent on iTunes at a $19.99 price point. 

Blumhouse's upcoming projects include its fifth Purge film, which is set for release stateside July 10, and Halloween Kills, the sequel to its 2018 reboot of the venerable horror franchise that grossed $255 million globally.