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Pack Your Rucksacks For Blair Witch 3
Eduardo Sanchez hikes back into town

02 November 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: The Toronto Sun

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No great surprise this, but with zero-budget word-of-mouth horror phenomenon Paranormal Activity cleaning up at the box office, the creator of a certain other zero-budget word-of-mouth horror phenomenon from a decade ago, is talking a revisit. Anyone for Blair Witch 3?

"I wouldn't be completely honest if I said I wasn't jealous of Paranormal Activity," Eduardo Sanchez, co-creator of The Blair Witch Project (along with Daniel Myrick) tells the Toronto Star. "There's the feeling that, I could have done this... I know how to make these films. To me it's like, man, maybe I should go back and kind of milk this one more time."

The original Blair Witch, as any fule kno, took Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C Williams and a camcorder, dumped them in the woods to improvise, and scared the crap out of them for a week. The resulting film, presented as the found footage of a group of missing hikers, raked in a quarter of a billion dollars worldwide, and led to the rush-release of Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows, which immediately killed the nascent franchise stone dead. To be fair though, Myrick and Sanchez had no part in the ill-fated (and completely bollocks) sequel. Their mooted Blair Witch 3 will, if it happens, ignore it completely.

Having seen Cloverfield, Sanchez now believes the first-person shakycam schtick has been done to death, and is talking instead about a technique he refers to as "mixed first person", pointing to District 9 as an example of what he means.

"It seems like doing exactly the same thing as before would be a mistake," he says, although the treatment he and Myrick have prepared does contain non-leading roles for the original stars.

"We're at the step right now where we're about to pitch it to Lionsgate, who own the rights," Sanchez concludes. "They'll either greenlight it or completely squash it." Fingers crossed, readers? Or are you sending Sanchez off to stand in the corner?


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RE: What's the point?
Good for them. They probably made a good amount off Blair Witch but not any where near as much as everyone else did. It's not as if their careers bloomed after it either if they want to do it good luck to them, i havn't seen BW2 so i'm hoping this could happen. I read an interview where they said they pitched it and lionsgate didn't seem to want to do it so maybe it won't happen. More

Posted by TheSpleen at 20:47 on 04 November 2009 | Report This Post

What's the point?
Seriously what is the point of making The Blair Witch 3?? The other 2 totally sucked. To be honest if they made it they would be wasting money which could go towards making a much better film than that piece of bulls**t. More

Posted by chloeden at 09:20 on 03 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Pack Your Rucksacks For Blair Witch 3
It might be better than *cough* Blair Witch 2. More

Posted by Timmy_Brisby_05 at 21:53 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

The Charlatan Returns
It's probably taken this clown ten years to spend the mountain of cash he made from ripping off the public last time. He hasn't been heard from since as he has no talent whatsoever. He's not a director, he's an editor. They gave the actors vague ideas for scenes to improvise and cut it together (the actors did virtually all the work). That's not directing, that's editing. He can piss off back down that shithole he's been hiding in for a decade. That one-trick pony won't be fleecing me agai More

Posted by BenTramer at 20:56 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

I reckon the guy at the end of the first one was just taking a pee in the corner......still the scariest bit of the film. Why, when I read this article did I recall the lyrics of that horrible Abba song ' MONEY MONEY MONEY, Must be MONEY....' . More

Posted by Matthew Field at 19:51 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

Well it can't be any worse than BWP2. More

Posted by sephiroth7 at 14:25 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

I'm not sure why I'm a little excited about this! The sequel is still the worst movie I've ever seen but I'll give this a shot! More

Posted by Seamie at 14:12 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Pack Your Rucksacks For Blair Witch 3
L: Snake-Eyes rial]Wasn't the second BLAIR WITCH film voted one of the worst sequels ever?r] sp; More like one of the worst films ever. Period. More

Posted by ED-209 at 13:04 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

Do it as a Musical!
Get the Kidz from High School Musical and have some big song and dance numbers "Nobody puts me in the corner", "Which Witch is Which?" are only 2 of the numbers that could pepper this sure-fire hit! I think my pills are wearing off......... More

Posted by TheMadFatChickKiller at 12:54 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Pack Your Rucksacks For Blair Witch 3
rial]Wasn't the second BLAIR WITCH film voted one of the worst sequels ever?r] More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 10:59 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Pack Your Rucksacks For Blair Witch 3
"To me it's like, man, maybe I should go back and kind of milk this one more time." Nice, a true artist.  Not in it for the money at all, no really, he's not... More

Posted by My name is Legion at 10:46 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

Blair Witch 3: Nobody puts Mike in the corner. More

Posted by AutoBarn at 10:21 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

Oh my goodness. If this goes ahead (with any relation to the Blair back story prequel idea -- although, I'm sure whatever they've got up their horrid little sleeves will more than suffice), it will be the film I am looking forward to most of whichever year it is to be released, and will be at the top of my Movie Priority List (TM) all of the way until that year comes. Excitement abounds. More

Posted by rjgraham at 08:17 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

Check out the Empire Essay (above) on 'The Blair Witch Project' - http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/review.asp?FID=1327 10 More

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