HBO plants Blum in pix

'Fever,' 'Husband,' 'State' among producer's upcoming projects

Jason Blum has inked a two-year first-look production deal with HBO Films.

Deal solidifies a relationship between producer Blum and HBO that dates from “Hysterical Blindness” a 2002 Uma Thurman starrer helmed by Mira Nair for which Thurman won a Golden Globe. Blum produced “Hysterical Blindness” with his former producing partner, Amy Israel.

Blum is now in post-production on “The Fever,” for HBO. Pic, directed by Carlo Nero and starring Vanessa Redgrave, Angelina Jolie, Michael Moore and Joely Richardson, is based on a play of the same name by Wallace Shawn.

Blum also was producer of Chris Iovenko’s “Easy Six,” starring Jim Belushi, Julian Sands, John Savage and Fisher Stevens, which will also be released later this year.

Blum is expected to go into production later this year with “The Accidental Husband,” which he is co-producing with Uma Thurman, who also stars. Hugh Wilson will direct the pic. Graham King’s Initial Entertainment Group is financing and handling worldwide sales on it.

Also in development is a pic based on Ethan Hawke’s debut novel “The Hottest State” for IFC Entertainment that Hawke will direct.

Blum is also developing pics with helmers Richard Linklater and Andrew Niccol (“Simone”). He set up “Pointing From the Grove” at Miramax Films and is attached as a producer.

Prior to becoming an independent producer, Blum headed the acquisitions and co-productions department at Miramax Films in New York from 1996-2000 with Israel. During his time at Miramax, company acquired such pics as “Smoke Signals,” “Mrs. Brown,” “An Ideal Husband,” “A Walk on the Moon,” “The House of Yes” and “Kolya.”

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