Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
Find out how here
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Matt Damon May Tackle The Great Wall
He's considering Zhang Yimou's epic
The Maze Runner Sequel Has A Release Date
Prepare for Scorch Trials in 2015
Angelina Jolie Will Direct Poaching Tale Africa
A new true-life story
New Red Band Trailer For The Interview
Seth Rogen and James Franco are on a mission
The Maze Runner Sprints To The Top Of The US Box Office
A Walk Among The Tombstones strolls in second
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
11 September 2014
Trailer For The Town That Dreaded Sundown
Blumhouse reopens old case
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
If I Stay (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Lovely Molly (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Humpday (2009)
Empire Star Rating
The Blair Witch Project
Empire Star Rating
The Blair Witch Project
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

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

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

submit to reddit

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?


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Joe Wright Is Not Directing My Fair Lady
Atonement director denies all knowledge
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

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

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

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Future Of Film: The Streaming Services Will Be Major Studios
(Or how Hollywood will have to start worrying about Netflix)

The Empire Podcast #129: Liam Neeson Interview
Plus Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger and Jessica Brown Findlay drop by to talk The Riot Club

The Future Of Film: We'll Be Watching Films In Virtual Reality
Immerse cinema aims to become the must-have experience for the filmgoers of the future

The Future Of Film: Cinema Will Cross The Uncanny Valley
The future of VFX, from believable digital humans to underwater mocap

The Future Of Film: There Will Be Another Indie Golden Age
Independent producers are growing from micro-budgets to something a lot bigger

Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover
The countdown begins to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece

Shut Up, World! Gary Busey Is Talking!
Strap yourselves in and meet a true Hollywood original.

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)