Riding high on the recent global box office success and quadruple Oscar nominations of Jordan Peele’s Get Out, Blumhouse Productions has optioned another politically relevant screenplay, You Bury Me – this time for television.
The script, written by Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Lexi Alexander, takes place in Iraq, Syria and Turkey. It’s an epic love story set against the political turmoil of a region rarely, if ever, portrayed on screen from the point of view of a filmmaker with both western and Middle Eastern background.
Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson, a longtime Blumhouse collaborator, brought the script to the company.
“The ability to pair an industry veteran like Scott, with whom we have an established relationship, with a filmmaker like Lexi, provides us with a great opportunity to cultivate a new and compelling creative voice,” said Jeremy Gold, co-president of Blumhouse Television.
Blumhouse Television has earned critical acclaim and numerous honours for its dark, edgy fare, including Emmy awards for its productions of HBO's The Normal Heart. It lives under the umbrella of Blumhouse Productions, which is known for producing high-quality micro-budget films like The Purge, Get Out and Whiplash.
“Scott and Lexi’s feature film sensibility is perfect for the scope of this torn from the headlines saga, which interweaves the complications of love against a story with dangerous and far-reaching political consequences. It’s exactly what audiences seeking a premium television experience are craving,” said Marci Wiseman, co-president Blumhouse Television.