While it personally didn’t do much for me, 1999’s The Blair Witch Project was most definitely a game changer for the horror genre. Oddly enough though, its writer/directors Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez didn’t have much creative input on either of the follow-up films, which is a shame, seeing as, in an interview with ‘Bloody Disgusting’, they certainly have no shortage of ideas. Said Myrick:
“Lionsgate hasn’t been too interested in our input, which is sort of ironic. But whenever they’re ready, we’re hanging out – if you want us to come back in and take a stab at it. Ed and I wrote a sequel script… it’s still on the shelf over at Lionsgate. We implied that the mythology goes before the Elly Kedward story.”
“I’ve been preaching this gospel, both Ed and I, for years. We set up a universe – a Blair Witch universe – that is, by design, to be explored. As a creative person, I love the idea of having this standalone Rustin Parr movie, or an original film that feels like The Witch – ya know, a period piece. And it doesn’t have to say “Blair Witch,” but you know it’s part of the Blair Universe. So there’s plenty to mine from what we’ve created and what’s already been established. And all you have to do is imply that it’s part of the Blair Witch Universe. The fans will know. So that’s been our pitch to Lionsgate since day one – you’ve got all the episodes ready to be done – let’s do it in a cool way. It’s ripe to be done. And I think it still can be done.”
“How cool would it be to make Rustin Parr like a black and white noir. You could do a historical period piece of the Elly Kedward story. You could have four or five of these movies that are all part of the Blair Witch canon, that are their own standalone films – their own standalone style and look. I think it’d be really popular.”
Come on Lionsgate! I know that 2016’s Blair Witch under-performed, but there’s huge potential here. Saying that, I fear that TV will end up being the home for this, if indeed it happens at all.