Is Now the Right Time for Another Blair Witch Sequel?


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?

  • Napalm

    i didn’t find the first film all that scary. but it was definitely very suspenseful. i haven’t seen the sequel. did Book of Shadows pick up from where the first one left, or was it totally new?

  • Matt

    I really enjoy these first person perspective horror movies, as gimmicky as they are they are always a blast to go see in theaters. I would be down with some new Blair Witch.

  • In a word: No.

    It was brilliant for the time, but it’s been done since, and better. The ‘found footage’ thing should be kept to single-serving stories IMO. Part of their charm is how you’re only getting a chunk of the bigger story, and of what you are getting you’re only getting what the camera sees. The formula was made for horror/suspense… I’d rather see the camera in a wholly new scenario, much like Paranormal Activity has done, than a rehash of the “out-in-the-woods” setup.

  • kyriacos

    The answer is No.. whats the point?

    As George would say.. fool me once shame on … ee eee.. Fool me twice… shame on??

    A fooled can’t get fooled again!!!

  • kris

    when’s not a right time?

  • ProjectGenesis

    I think now is the right time for a new Podcast this week!

  • I don’t always agree with sequels as they tend to get watered down but I think the first one was good enough to to have a sequel out 10 years later.


  • Swarez

    I remember back in the day that there were plans to make the third one a prequel and to show the origin of the Blair Witch. I’m a sucker for period horror so I was really looking forward to that.

  • Rick

    i agree, i think a movie showing the beginning of the blair witch would be better then another set of kids setting out to find what happend to the teens who set out to find out what happend to the teens who set out looking for the origins of the blair witch.

  • Rick

    “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

    what’s this. comment’s usually posted right away. what’s this moderation thing?

  • Spam filter caught it for some reason. I think you just used the word “teens” one too many times. ;)

  • Alex

    i was 13 when the original came out and ill admit, i totally bought into the footage being found lol. thus making it scarier. and i remember it also gave me a headache. and Kyriacos i think the Bush quote goes “Fool me once, shame on you… fool me twice… well, you cant fool me twice.” haha ;)

  • kris

    teens teens teens teenie teens

  • horror2

    I would LOVE to see another sequel. The first “Blair Witch” movie was fantastic and the second one was great no matter what anyone says.