Halloween producer Jason Blum has apologised after a backlash to his comments that there are “not a lot of women directors”.
In an interview with Polygon, the Blumhouse Productions founder and CEO was asked about why Blumhouse – responsible for the likes of Paranormal Activity and Get Out – hadn’t produced a horror movie directed by a woman.
“We’re always trying to [do] that. We’re not trying to do it because of recent events. We’ve always been trying,” Blum noted. “There are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror.”
Blum’s comments were widely criticised and he responded to the backlash with an apology on Twitter on Wednesday night (October 17).
“Thank you everyone for calling me out on my dumb comments in that interview. I made a stupid mistake. I spoke too quickly about a serious issue – an issue that I am passionate about. Over 50 percent of our audience is female. Over 50 percent of Blumhouse execs are women,” he wrote.
“Some of our most successful franchises are anchored by women, including the one opening tomorrow/today [Halloween], led by the biggest female legend in this genre.
“But we have not done a good enough job working with female directors, and it’s not because they don’t exist. I heard from many today. The way my passion came out was dumb. And for that I am sorry. I will do better.”
Halloween is released in UK and US cinemas on October 19.
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