The first Blair Witch Project was a cultural landmark. We’ve covered this in the past. But no movie that grosses $250 million against a budget of $60,000 is immune to the terrors of Hollywood. A sequel, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 was released just a year later and though it made money, it was a terrible excuse for a follow-up.
Fifteen years have now passed since the last Blair Witch film and the horror genre has changed and evolved probably at least that many times over that time. You’d think the train had long left the station in terms of a Blair Witch Project 3 but, according to the film’s co-director Eduardo Sanchez, that’s not true. He said talks are ongoing with Lionsgate and a third film is “inevitable.” Then again, he’s been saying that for a long time. Read more below. Read More »
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No, the guy who co-created Facebook does not have anything to do with The Blair Witch Project. That’s Eduardo Saverin. Eduardo Sanchez is the guy who co-created the horror genre as we know it and the fact that more people today probably know Saverin than Sanchez is kind of insane.
Sanchez, along with Daniel Myrick, co-wrote and directed The Blair Witch Project, the 1999 blockbuster that changed the face of movies forever. It not only ushered in a mega-low-budget model of filmmaking, it was one of the earliest examples of online viral marketing and, of course, begin a trend of found footage films that’s still going strong twelve years later.
Unfortunately, after the $250 million smash hit, Artisan bastardized the property with Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, which had very little to do with the original and was only a moderate success. Sanchez and Myrick have been sitting on their own Blair Witch sequel idea ever since and, in a new interview, Sanchez says “We’re as close as we’ve ever been to making it happen” but that it’s all up to Lionsgate, who now owns the rights.
After the jump, read more of Sanchez’s quotes and reminisce about the legacy of The Blair Witch Project. Read More »
It’s a couple of weeks over ten years now since The Blair Witch Project proved to be a strange freak of box office nature. Back at it’s release on July 30th 1999 the film was given a crazy leg-up by its accidentally wonderful online marketing and a public desperate to buy into something spiritual-mystical, however crazy. We also shouldn’t underestimate the voracious appetite of the dedicated horror audience, of which I would suppose I am a member, and our never-ending desire for something new, fresh or exciting.
The sequel, Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows, was an entirely different beast to the original, eschewing the Last Broadcast-style handicam aesthetic for something in the vein of classical narrative film stylings. Personally, I thought it was conceptually a far more exciting film than the first though somewhat hampered by its lackluster realization. I do still relish the irony, though, that this second film was directed by Joe Berlinger, typically a maker of documentaries.
So, which way would a third Blair Witch film go? Back to the faux-doc approach of part one? Or further into the potential of ‘traditional’ film language?
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