Posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Filmmakers Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez would like to release an extended director’s cut of The Blair Witch Project, but Lionsgate isn’t interested.
“There’s plenty of fan interest, though not so much from Lionsgate, but I really would love to put out a two-and-a-half hour version of the movie on DVD; like a Criterion edition with a bunch of extra footage,” Sanchez tells Rotten Tomatoes on the film’s 10th anniversary. “The first time we cut the movie, we knew it was too long — it was about two and a half hours. There’s a lot of good stuff that didn’t make the film. I’m really happy with the film and I think we cut it as well as we could.”
So what would be in the extended cut?
“There’s a great confessional with Mike that didn’t make the movie. He also had this great scene in the woods where he lost his mind, started punching trees, it was really hardcore,” says Myrick. “There’s a really cool poetry reading scene in the hotel they spend the night in where Josh and Mike are duelling with their own poetry. At that point in the film we just had to get them into the woods, so as cool as it was it had to go. They shot so much cool stuff and they rolled on everything. I think we could put together at least another hour of really, really solid footage.”
But does anyone want to see a one-hour-extended version of The Blair Witch Project? Rotten Tomatoes also has some previously unreleased behind the scenes footage from the original film, featuring both the auditions and the process of shooting in the wood.