'The Blair Witch Project' Is Being Rebooted As A Horror Anthology Series
The Blair Witch Project was released in 1999 and it quickly became one of the most important horror films to be made. It popularised the found-footage way of filming (which is perhaps a bad thing since it’s now being lazily overused in indie-cinema) and with a $60,000 budget, it returned $248.6 million. Pretty unprecedented.
It had a sequel the next year, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, and basically no-one watched it. As you might have expected, the budget was raised quite a lot – $15 million, in fact, but you know what they say; The bigger they are, the harder they fall. The sequel fell hard, making $47.7 million – the perfect amount to kill a franchise.
Nothing happened for a while after that, until last year when it was rebooted with the 2016 film Blair Witch. This one had a more modest budget of $5 million and though it brought in less than Book of Shadows, $45.2 million was a pretty good turnover, given what they spent on it.
Alas, it still wasn’t that good, receiving a measly 35% on Rotten Tomatoes, but it had some of the hallmarks of a film with promise, with Empire saying it was “Effectively scary and occasionally inventive”, Variety saying it was a “significantly more accomplished and entertaining sequel than 2000’s woeful cash-in ‘Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2’“, and Screenrant saying “if“.
Not enough to get a sequel though.
But all is not lost for the title, as Eduardo Sánchez, co-director Blair Witch Project, revealed that a Blair Witch TV series is currently in development. Appearing on Diminishing Returns podcast, he said:
“For us, it’s a very natural thing to go and say, ‘Hey, let’s do a frickin’ Blair Witch show’ You can say it’s from the original creators and we can bring in a whole bunch of interesting directors to direct episodes.
I think that the idea of a Blair Witch anthology has always been very, just a really interesting thing. You’re close. You’re in the ballpark. You know, and I think it might be one of those things that might be, you know, the more you think about it, you’re like, ‘That might be the perfect… a TV show.’ You know? So, we’ll see what happens, but I think that’s the next big thing for Blair Witch. Probably TV.“
It seems like the next logical step, really, given that they can’t seem to recapture their former glory on the big screen… like Meg Ryan.
Horror is very much the flavour of the month these days, and thanks to Netflix and whatnot, TV series aren’t so much of a step down from cinema anymore.
With American Horror Story, Stranger Things, Channel Zero and Walking Dead bringing horror elements to the small screen, a Blair Witch series would fit in perfectly, perhaps about the origins of the witch herself.
Hopefully this one isn’t found footage though.
Mind you, I am often wrong.
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