Universal Scares Up First-Look Deal With ‘Paranormal Activity’ Producer Jason Blum

The three-year first-look agreement comes about three months after Blum’s “Insidious” was released

Universal Pictures has signed a three-year first-look deal with Blumhouse Productions, producer Jason Blum's company, the studio announced Wednesday.

The announcement was made about three months after Blum's "Insidious" was released. That movie, a FilmDistrict release, was made for about $1.5 million. It has grossed $80.7 million worldwide since April 1.

The 2009 "Paranormal Activity" had a budget of $15,000 and has grossed $193.3 million worldwide. The follow-up, the 2010 "Paranormal Activity 2," had a $3 million budget and grossed $176.7 million.

Paramount, which released both "Paranormal" movies, has set a release date of Oct. 21 for the third.

Blum has produced more than 20 movies, including "The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes" for Dimension Films and "The Boy," for Lionsgate.

He opened Blumhouse in 2000.