Sophia Takal is the First Female Blumhouse Horror Director, and It’s About Time

/Film | 12/7/2018 | Chris Evangelista
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With all the horror movies Blumhouse has released, they’ve never had a female director for a horror film. Until now. Sophia Takal, director of the amazing indie horror film Always Shine, will become the first female Blumhouse director with New Year New You, a feature-length entry in the Blumhouse/Hulu anthology series, Into the Dark. Takal’s hiring comes shortly after Blumhouse president Jason Blum offered a tone-deaf explanation regarding the lack of female Blumhouse directors.

Well, it’s about time. A couple of months ago, a simple question was posed to Blumhouse big cheese Jason Blum: why has Blumhouse never hired a female director to direct a horror film? Blum’s response raised a few eyebrows: “There are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror.” After some understandable online backlash to this comment, Blum released the following apology:

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Thankfully, Blum has made good on his promise. IndieWire is reporting that Sophia Takal will direct New Year New You, an all-female horror movie that’s part of Blumhouse’s Hulu anthology Into the Dark. While it would be a bit more exciting if this were a film headed to theaters instead of Hulu, it’s at least a start. Takal told IndieWire she was approached to helm New Year in the summer – which was actually before Jason Blum was called out for his comments – and that she shot the film in 15 days. “It was a really, really fast process,” she...
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