It’s Up to Lionsgate to Make ‘Blair Witch’ Sequel…

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Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick’s 1999 indie The Blair Witch Project was a game changer. It’s sequel, while disappointing at the time of release, has aged like fine wine.

While the groundbreaking first film was the first found-footage of its kind, the 2000 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 went back to a traditional approach.

The duo have been talking trilogy since the release of Book of Shadows, although nothing has ever come into fruition.

With the recent popularity of found-footage, it’s sort of a shocker that a third film has never gone into production.

Lionsgate, who owns the rights to the franchise (through acquiring Artisan Entertainment), recently acquired Sanchez’ Exists out of the SXSW Film Festival. Reuniting Sanchez with Lionsgate provides hope that this franchise will live on, although it’s up to Lionsgate to pull the trigger.

You know, Lionsgate owns the property, so it’s obviously up to them right now,” Sanchez tells Movies.com. “We’ve been talking to them for the past four or five years about doing it, but there’s nothing really in the works right now with us. But I think you’re right and maybe just being back at Lionsgate will help move things forward on another Blair Witch movie.

Responding to talk about it being found-footage, Sanchez ends that notion: “That’s an observation I’ve talked to a lot of people about. There were other found-footage movies, but when Cloverfield did its thing there were a whole bunch of them afterward. I think a lot of people, including us, just didn’t know. We never imagined doing another Blair Witch found-footage movie. Our plan for the sequel is definitely not doing a found-footage movie. It took a while for people to just figure out what Blair had done; I’m not sure why. The film was so experimental and kind of came out of nowhere so people didn’t know what to think of it and weren’t sure if that style could be repeated.

The Blair Witch Project went on to make $250M worldwide at the box office.

 
  • SaturdayThe14th

    I actually liked the sequel when it came out. To each their own, as I know quite a few people hated it.

  • thornvald80

    i was (at the time of release) and I still am one of the few people who were unable to see what is so great about this movie… boring & loud… nothing else… only the last 20 sec of the movie are actually interesting.

    • djblack1313

      thornvald, i’m with you. nearly all of the movie consisted of 3 VERY irritating, unlikable people fighting and yelling at each other. i was practically rooting for them to be killed by the protagonist…the Blair Witch! LOL. i agree that the last 10 or so minutes were VERY good. the visual of the guy propped up (dead?) in the corner while the annoying girl screams was quite scary/unsettling. :)

      • Skull-And-Crossbones

        @djblack1313
        i hated it when it first came out. about 7 or 8 years later i decided to give it another chance and still hated it and found it very boring. then a few months ago i gave it yet another chance and actually enjoyed it. i think my hate for it back then was misguided. my initial impressions of it were “this obviously never happened and it’s so boring. nothing happens”. shortly after my initial viewing i stopped looking at found footage movies as a lame gag to make people think it’s real and started looking at them as fiction with an added element of realism. so with my second viewing i was open to the found footage part but still found it boring. then upon my third viewing i think i finally understood the point of it. the whole point was to see nothing and leave it to your imagination because even though it was low budget surely they could have put the witch on screen if they wanted to. at least that’s the way i look at it. i’ve always loved the second blair witch. and i’ve always loved the franchise just for the marketing. they did an amazing job with marketing it. you can still go to blairwitch.com or somthing like that and see all the fake police reports, heather’s diary, and the whole made up legend of the witch.

  • NixEclips

    Alot of people felt burned after all the hype. Seeing it without had me freaked the hell out. Growing up in the woods might have helped.
    For all the hype about Ti West, I don’t get why people can’t understand why Blair was so intense. West is a bore.

    • SaturdayThe14th

      I’ve only seen House of the Devil and The Innkeepers from Ti West. I really liked House of the Devil, but thought The Innkeepers was a steaming pile of shit.

      • djblack1313

        i agree guys. HOUSE OF THE DEVIL was pretty good but i disliked (very much) Ti’s THE ROOST as well as THE INNKEEPERS.

  • Voorhees83

    I can care less if they make it a found footage film. Just make another. Witches have been gaining some popularity with AHS: Coven and now the new Salem show coming out.

    I say do it already. A prequel would be awesome. The story of the actual witch.

  • bdwolfe312

    I have to emphatically disagree with the “aged like fine wine” comment regarding the sequel, aside from it starring Michael Westin himself Jeffrey Donovan.

  • Jonny-Horror

    I loved the original BW. The first of it’s kind. It set you up without showing you anything. Only your imagination. Clever and well done. All for a sequel if it’s the original team. Hello djblack1313. I have been away a few years, I recognize the name.

    • djblack1313

      HI, Jonny-Horror!! :)

      Welcome back! :)

  • ThunderDragoon

    It kind of disappoints me that he doesn’t want it to be found-footage. That’s what made the original so creepy. If it was shot like a normal movie, it wouldn’t have been impactful like it was. Blair Witch 2 comes to mind. That was a horrible movie. I’m not saying it would’ve been any better if it was found-footage, but that’s the first mistake they made with the sequel. Anyways, hopefully they can come up with a good idea and just roll with it. I’m up for a good Blair Witch sequel, found-footage or not.

  • Taboo

    It’d be nice to see another Blair Witch movie. I very much enjoyed the first one and Book of Shadows too.

  • http://mitchmacready.blogspot.com/ Zombie-Killa

    I have no interest either way. So many years have passed, and I still don’t get the appeal of Thee Blair Witch Project. A very boring and dull movie, with three of the most unlikeable characters I’ve ever seen in any type of film.

  • high-rise-rat

    The hype of blair witch was better than the movie. Three wankers lost in the woods. The last scene was good though. Whats the new one gonna be about then? A bunch of absolute bellends go and try and find the bodys of the the original tosspots and then get lost and find twigs dangling from the trees. Im shitting myself already.

  • Stitch_101

    I’ve never quite been able to understand some of the hate for TBWP after its release. It has always been a personal favorite of mine. I remember seeing it in the theater for the first time and being absolutely terrified. It was the first horror movie I could remember seeing that actual felt real and raw, like something that could happen to me or anyone.

  • mobstar67

    Aside from Eduardo Sanchez “Altered” which is a severly underrated film i pretty much can say i disliked almost everything he and Daniel Myrick has done since BWP…
    One bad movie after another…
    I would without fail get sucked into another BWP if they moved forward on another installment, especially if it were a prequel focusing on the Blair Witch..