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Directors talk Blair Witch Project sequel

BlairWitch.jpgWe've heard of a sequel to The Blair Witch Project before, well we've actually seen one, except that was a standard fare horror film that was very much out of the control of the original directors and who were pulled along for the Hollywood ride.

They've been talking about another sequel, or prequel, for a little while and just the other day both Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick revealed their thoughts on a sequel, what they first thought to do, and what now they now think will form the sequel.

I remember the backlash for The Blair Witch Project started the instant it was out, it seemed to be a love it or hate it film and critics were turning against it as it became a victim of its own hype. I remember walking out of the cinema loving it, realising that when I walked in I had to put aside everything I'd heard about the film and watch it as though it was real, as though I was seeing it for the first time without knowing it was faked.

That made the film a hell of a lot more scary and powerful, and while the people I was with were sceptical but appreciative, I had been caught up in it.

The sequel wasn't so good, it did make a profit but was nothing like the original. Daniel Myrick says of that film, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2:

"We felt a little betrayed because we wanted to let the Blair Witch hype die down a little because it was so out of control and there was a bit of a backlash…But they wanted to strike while the iron was hot and they went ahead and made the movie for what we thought were all the wrong reasons…

…We felt that the story of that movie broke the mythology."

Eduardo Sanchez also thinks that the film was far from what they wanted to see. His comments in the BBC article are equally as strong:

"We don't feel too responsible for that movie, because we had very little to do with it once we stated our objection to where it was headed. At the same time, it does have the Blair Witch name on it."

So if that wasn't the sequel they wanted to the handheld horror film that made some US$250 million, then what is? Well that's rather interesting to hear. They've thought about a prequel going back to when the witch was first created, which Sanchez speaks about:

"Ideally, each Blair Witch film would be a completely different kind of movie…We've thought about doing a film that takes place in the late 1700s and looks like a [Stanley] Kubrick movie with gritty looking people and lighting"

Now that's interesting, but I don't think that revealing the origins of the creature which we never saw in the original is the right thing to do, that's okay though, they have another idea, and that's where Sanchez gets interesting.

"But now, we're thinking about going back and seeing what happened directly after the first film finished."

Directly after? Now that is interesting. Revealing what happened to the group and then showing the events leading up to, and including, the influx of the press might be rather interesting.

He goes on to reveal that it won't follow the same mould as the original.

"I think it will have some kind of video element in it, but it won't be a first person hand-held movie."

Chances are we could see some of the original cast back too, whether it be in unused footage or the returning members, although it would seem that Myrick doubts Heather Donahue will return.

"I talk to Josh quite regularly and Mike Williams as well. Actually, he had a role in my last movie…Heather, I haven't seen in years. The last I heard, she had got out of the business and gone up north and is living on a ranch somewhere…Maybe she's still traumatised"

Well maybe we'd see two of the three return, but at least I'd love to see the mystery cleared up of what exactly happened to those three, the Hollywood sequel aside. Wouldn't you?

I'd recommend a read through the article at the BBC, it's an interesting look back on the film and the events following for the film-makers. Although I think the claims of them starting the handheld and viral marketing styles that followed are a bit over played, they certainly did have a great impact on them. They showed Hollywood that there could be a lot of money made there, the only problem is that Hollywood forgot the storytelling.

Are you keen for a sequel to Blair Witch? If so would it follow directly on from the first film? Can you see this being made at all? I actually can, and if they keep the costs down I could see it returning a profit, but the guys haven't exactly been successful since have they?



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