It’s been 10 years now since The Blair Witch Project proved that a clever idea and creative marketing could turn a $25,000 film into a $250 million phenomenon. Its influence is still being felt today, particularly over the past few years with movies like Cloverfield and [REC] ushering in a new wave of handheld horror. But was The Blair Witch Project just a fluke, or was it really a brilliant piece of filmmaking?
For years we’ve been waiting to see if directors Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez could repeat the success of their directorial debut, but after they allowed Joe Berlinger to take over the reins on the sequel Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, the movie bombed and all interest in any subsequent Blair Witch films went right down the drain. Fortunately, Myrick and Sanchez haven’t given up hope yet. Believe it or not, after all this time, they are now closer than they’ve ever been to getting a sequel off the ground, and they expect to have some news before the end of the year.
“Ed and I feel that the timing is right and enough time has gone by that the backlash to Blair Witch has kind of subsided and a new generation of kids are out to embrace a Blair Witch franchise on the merits of the movie itself rather than it trying to live up or be what the first film was, which it never will be. Our hope is that the sequel will stay within the mythology that we created in the first film and stand on its own two feet; just be a good, cool, thoughtful scary movie that resurrects a franchise that we feel very close to. Hopefully Lionsgate will agree and want to move forward on it.”
And yes, this would be a sequel… not the prequel that they had been planning for so long. With the current hype surrounding Paranormal Activity, it does seem like this is the perfect time to bring back The Blair Witch Project. The only question is whether or not the backlash really has subsided. I still feel like a lot of people have come to see the original film as a joke now, which is unfortunate because it’s a great horror flick. Would you be interested in a new Blair Witch sequel?