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Jason Blum is a producer known for putting together crackerjack projects on shoestring budgets and just watching the money roll in. Take "The Purge," for example. Starring Ethan Hawke and made for around $3 million, the film blew away all expectations when it hit theaters this summer, raking in almost $35 million in its opening weekend alone (it would go on to make $85 million worldwide). His next tiny movie, "The Boy Next Door," is already poised for similar success: He's lined up some serious star wattage in actress/singer Jennifer Lopez.
In "The Boy Next Door," Lopez will play a newly separated mother who strikes up an affair with one of her son's teenage friends. Things veer sharply into creepy thriller territory when she decides to end the relationship.
Blum will produce the project under his first-look deal with Universal for between $3 million and $4 million, reports Variety. Rob Cohen, who directed the first "Fast and the Furious" film, as well as franchise nonstarter "xXx" and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," will be directing from a script by Barbara Curry. Filming is scheduled to begin this fall so that Lopez can return to her hosting duties on "American Idol" next year.
Blum has a number of projects in the pipeline, including the Joe Carnahan-directed "Stretch" and not one but two installments in the "Paranormal Activity" franchise -- all due in theaters next year. He also has "Insidious: Chapter 2" coming out this Friday (the 13th!).
We can't wait to see what kind of suburban mayhem Cohen and Blum cook up for Lopez.