Yep, you heard it. They're making another one. Much like Snake Plissken, filmmakers Ed Sanchez and Dan Myrick must be getting a little too used to people telling them, "I thought you were dead."
Okay, maybe that's a little harsh, but they kind of deserved to disappear when they served up the first sequel to the notorious first-person docu-style horror film. Everything that was brilliant about the first Blair Witch was subsequently erased in Book of Shadows, which attempted to be a more traditional narrative film.
I saw Blair Witch as an experiment- one that worked with resounding success. Its sequel was the ultimate example of worst-case scenario: filmmakers who got lucky with round one, only to have their sophomore effort turn out to be so horrid that it seemingly proved they couldn't make a real film and practically cemented their flash-in-the-pan status.
Sure, they've been working here and there on a few movies that nobody has heard of, except maybe Rest Stop, but if you paid attention to the numbers for the first Blair Witch, you'd know that they shouldn't have been relegated to making direct-to-DVD fare after that.
Anyway, they're back at it, milking the franchise again. Here's what they have to say for themselves:
"Between Dan and me and the Haxan guys that did the original Blair Witch, we are about as far along on a sequel idea as we've ever been," says Sanchez. "This is the first idea that Dan and I have really latched onto that we thought, 'It would be cool.' It's a completely different kind of film, but we think it's in the original spirit of the first one."
"We've been working on an idea and it's a concept that we like a lot," adds Myrick. "I can't say anything about it now. 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."
"Everybody that I've talked to wants the prequel, that story of the witch," says Sanchez. "We still want to make that, but the powers that be will not let that happen right now. If we do the sequel and it makes some money and there's motivation to do another one, then maybe we can push the prequel a little bit."
Well, at least they realize that they can't just repackage the original and they have to come up with some new ideas. I suppose we'll just have to wait and see...