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‘The Blair Witch Project’ TV Series In The Works

It’s easy to forget just how monumental “The Blair Witch Project” was when it landed on the cinema scene in 1999. Made for a mere $60,000, the film by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez was an instant sensation at Sundance, got invited to Cannes (I bet you forgot about that), and when it was released that summer, it earned a staggering $248 million worldwide. The movie turned found footage into a cottage industry in the horror genre, and a new franchise was born.

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Blair Witch TV series in development by original film director

Blair Witch TV series in development by original film director
The Blair Witch returned last year as director Adam Wingard unleashed his surprise sequel, and now we have word that Eduardo Sanchez, co-director of the original The Blair Witch Project, is developing a follow-up to the classic found footage horror in the form of a TV series.

For us, it’s a very natural thing to go and say “Hey, let’s do a frickin’ Blair Witch show and you can say it’s from the original creators and we can bring in a whole bunch of interesting directors to direct episodes,” said Sanchez on the Diminishing Returns podcast, before being asked whether it would be an anthology series with prequel episodes, or all found footage episodes. “I can’t really discuss [it]. 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,
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[Trailer] Horror Classic Gets a Feature Length Fan Film With ‘The Blair Witch Legacy’

Back in 1999, filmmakers Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick changed the game with their low-budget The Blair Witch Project, a terrifying blend of fiction and reality that unquestionably popularized the found footage movement that would soon go on to dominate the landscape of the genre for many years. The hit film was followed by Book […]
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Robbie Amell, Stephen Amell Producing, Starring in ‘Code 8’ Sci-Fi Movie

Robbie Amell, Stephen Amell Producing, Starring in ‘Code 8’ Sci-Fi Movie
Principal photography has begun in Toronto on the crowdfunded sci-fi thriller “Code 8,” starring cousins Robbie Amell and Stephen Amell with Jeff Chan directing.

The Amells raised $1,722,409 from 20,201 backers last year on crowdfunding site Indiegogo for “Code 8” and are executive producing. The 30-day campaign had an original goal of $200,000. The campaign included the release of a ten-minute short film, directed by Chan from a script he co-wrote with Chris Pare.

The film also stars Sung Kang of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, Kari Matchett (“Maudie”), Greg Bryk (“Frontier”) and Aaron Abrams (“Hannibal”).

Code 8” is set in a world where 4% of the population is born with varying supernatural abilities, but instead of being billionaires or superheroes, most “specials” face discrimination and live in poverty, often resorting to crime in a world now carefully monitored by drones, guardians, and the police. Robbie Amell’s character is struggling to pay
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Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith and Miranda July Reveal ‘Split Screen’ Secrets During Indie Series Tribute

Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith and Miranda July Reveal ‘Split Screen’ Secrets During Indie Series Tribute
For two years back in the late ’90s and early aughts, producer, filmmaker, author and cinephile John Pierson hammered together the lovingly Diy television series, which introduced movie buffs to all manner of filmmakers and their creations over the course of 60-plus episodes. “Split Screen” was IFCtv’s signature series from 1997-2001, boasting such guests as Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith, Mary Harron, Katherine Dieckmann and many, many more.

Late last year, the cult classic found a new home over on streaming service FilmStruck, which began releasing episodes of the series on their Criterion Channel in December, with a tiered rollout planned.

Read More: ‘Split Screen’: 9 Reasons You Should Watch FilmStruck’s Revival of TV’s Best-Ever Series About Indie Film

On Wednesday night in New York City, the series’ reintroduction to the cultural consciousness continued apace, as Pierson and a group of some of his most famous
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Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith and Miranda July Reveal ‘Split Screen’ Secrets During Indie Series Tribute

Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith and Miranda July Reveal ‘Split Screen’ Secrets During Indie Series Tribute
For two years back in the late ’90s and early aughts, producer, filmmaker, author and cinephile John Pierson hammered together the lovingly Diy television series, which introduced movie buffs to all manner of filmmakers and their creations over the course of 60-plus episodes. “Split Screen” was IFCtv’s signature series from 1997-2001, boasting such guests as Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith, Mary Harron, Katherine Dieckmann and many, many more.

Late last year, the cult classic found a new home over on streaming service FilmStruck, which began releasing episodes of the series on their Criterion Channel in December, with a tiered rollout planned.

Read More: ‘Split Screen’: 9 Reasons You Should Watch FilmStruck’s Revival of TV’s Best-Ever Series About Indie Film

On Wednesday night in New York City, the series’ reintroduction to the cultural consciousness continued apace, as Pierson and a group of some of his most famous
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Newswire: The Blair Witch Project almost had a much less subtle ending

The ending of the original Blair Witch Project is a memorable example of how much more powerful a horror movie can be when it leaves things up to the audience’s imagination, but it sounds like co-directors Dan Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez almost went with something a lot more gruesome and showy than the simple, ominous shot of Mike facing a wall in the corner of a spooky room. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Myrick and Sanchez explain that they had always intended for the movie to end with a “what-the-fuck moment,” but they didn’t want to actually show somebody in a witch costume killing the doomed filmmakers. Also, they didn’t have any money, so they came up with the “guy standing in a corner” idea—which didn’t require any special effects—just before filming it.

When distribution company Artisan picked up the movie, though
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The Blair Witch Project Filmmakers Comment on One of the Movie’s Alternate Endings

Whether you love it or loathe it, the ending to The Blair Witch Project is still discussed to this day, but it almost didn't conclude the way it did. As part of their "Untold Stories" issue, Entertainment Weekly talked with The Blair Witch Project directors Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez about one of the film's alternate endings warning for those who haven't seen the film].

Speaking with EW, Myrick and Sánchez said that they came up with the film's ending—with Mike facing the corner, and Heather yelling and dropping her camera in the basement of an isolated house that they entered in search of Josh—only three days before filming it.

Although effective in creeping people out at its test screening, Artisan, the film's distributor, desired a less ambiguous conclusion, so Myrick and Sanchez returned to the woods to film more endings, one of which featured "Mike hanging from a noose, crucified on a wooden stick man,
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‘Diary of the Dead’ and George A. Romero’s Formal Self-Awareness

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

For spanning half a century and six films to date, George A. Romero’s Dead series could reasonably be labeled the most ambitious single-auteur franchise in horror. Beginning with Night of the Living Dead’s release in
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Now Casting: Lead, Supporting Roles in Feature Film ‘Skyman’ and More

You don’t want to miss today’s casting notices! “Skyman,” a feature film from the writer-director of “Blair Witch,” seeks talent for a lead and supporting roles. We've also got a nonunion play, a commercial, and more great gigs! “Skyman”From Dan Myrick, writer and director of “Blair Witch,” comes “Skyman,” a film about a man who experienced alien contact as a child and is now convinced the extraterrestrial force is attempting to reunite with him as an adult. A male actor aged 35–45 is sought for that leading role, as well as male and female talent for two supporting parts. The piece will shoot late spring in Apple Valley, California. “Crossroads”“Crossroads,” a short film for UCLA, is casting for its leading lady, as well as supporting roles. Depicting a young woman who “must relive the traumatic events of a brutal crime” through an interrogation by a detective, the
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Fear in the Found Footage: A look back at some classics

The original Blair Witch Project arguably created the found footage genre when it was released back in 1999. Telling the tale of a bunch of students striding out into the Maryland woodlands, the film offered audiences a new way of experiencing terror from the point of view of those being subjected to it, and they lapped it up. Now, the franchise is back with a bang in, well, Blair Witch, a Force Awakens to the original’s still terrifying A New Hope. With Blair Witch arriving on Blu-ray and DVD from January 23rd, what better opportunity to look at some of the terrors of the found footage genre:

Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Okay, I know we just said The Blair Witch Project created the genre, but only inasmuch as Halloween created the stalk’n’slash (when actually, Black Christmas pipped it to the post but didn’t take off in quite the same
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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch in February 2017, Including ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ and ‘King Cobra’

7 Films New to Netflix to Watch in February 2017, Including ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ and ‘King Cobra’
Next month, Netflix has a wide variety of films — modern to classic, animated to horror, Oscar winners to new indies — and we’ve picked seven that you should watch once they’re made available on the streaming service, either for the first time or as part of a nostalgic binge. Enjoy.

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1. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (available February 1)

The 1993 stop-motion classic directed by Henry Slick and produced by Tim Burton tells the story of Jack Skellington, a resident from Halloween Town who stumbles through a portal to Christmas Town and decides to celebrate the holiday.

2. “The Blair Witch Project” (available February 1)

Directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez, the 1999 found footage horror film became one of the most successful indie films of all time when it was released. The movie follows three film students
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Morgan Spurlock Partners With Indiegogo on Documentaries (Exclusive)

Morgan Spurlock Partners With Indiegogo on Documentaries (Exclusive)
Morgan Spurlock’s production company Warrior Poets and crowdfunding platform Indiegogo have formed a strategic partnership to help usher Indiegogo-funded films through the production process, Variety has learned exclusively.

The first film as a result of this partnership is “We Believe In Dinosaurs,” a feature length documentary about creationists who built a $100 million, 510-foot Noah’s Ark in Kentucky in order to debunk evolution — asserting that God created dinosaurs 6,000 years ago. The film, currently in post-production, follows the designers and builders of the ark from blueprints to opening day and aims to illustrate the current conflict between science and religion.

“We Believe in Dinosaurs” launched its Indiegogo campaign Thursday to raise $50,000 to complete post-production and start marketing. Top premium is a “Seismosaurus” perk, which provides an executive producer credit for a $5,000 donation. Producers are Monica Long Brown, Clayton Ross and Amy Ellison, all of Chicago-based 137 Films.

Spurlock told Variety that
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‘Blair Witch’ Director Dan Myrick Launches Indiegogo Campaign for Docu‐Drama ‘Skyman’

‘Blair Witch’ Director Dan Myrick Launches Indiegogo Campaign for Docu‐Drama ‘Skyman’
The Blair Witch Project” director Dan Myrick is launching an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for his upcoming docu‐drama “Skyman.”

“Skyman” will follow Carl Merryweather, a man who had an alien encounter as a 10-year-old boy and now believes he has an opportunity to reconnect with this same alien at the same location.

The Indiegogo campaign has set a goal of $25,000, which will primarily fund the pre‐production of the project. Donation incentives include an invitation to the cast and crew’s weekly “UFO soirees” in the desert during production, dinner with Myrick, and original 1999 posters from the Sundance Film Festival premiere of the “The Blair Witch Project.”

Producers are also planning to offer online auditions for particular roles and for “recreations” of what happened to Merryweather as a child. Myrick used a similar process in 2008 on the movie “The Objective.”

Merryweather claims that he came into contact with an “alien
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Lifetime Buys Thriller ‘Under the Bed’ Starring ‘Black Sails’ Actress Hannah New (Exclusive)

Lifetime Buys Thriller ‘Under the Bed’ Starring ‘Black Sails’ Actress Hannah New (Exclusive)
Lifetime has acquired worldwide rights to the telefilm thriller “Under the Bed,” starring Hannah New, Pat Healy and Beverly D’Angelo, Variety has learned exclusively.

The Blair Witch Project” director Dan Myrick directed “Under the Bed” from his own script. Inspired by true events, “Under the Bed” follows a young woman who is trying to get over a recent romantic breakup, while unbeknownst to her, an obsessed stalker befriends her on social media and takes up residence in her home.

Under the Bed” will premiere on Jan. 7. The movie was financed by Justin Shaner’s Sobe Brooke Studios in partnership with Radar Pictures, Appian Way and producers Shawn Papazian and Richard Halpern. The latter also receives “story by” credit.

Radar is currently in production on the “Jumanji” reboot at Sony and is in post-production on the Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike thriller “High Wire Act,” which wrapped this summer in Morocco.

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Watch This: Long before Blair Witch, something went bump in the low-budget dark

One week a month, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: In honor of the new sequel to the modern classic The Blair Witch Project, we look back at some of our favorite found-footage horror films.

The Legend Of Boggy Creek (1972)

Though not precisely found-footage, the fact-or-fiction classic The Legend Of Boggy Creek is indisputably one of the granddaddies of the form. (Daniel Myrick, co-creator of The Blair Witch Project, cited it as a major influence.) Directed and independently financed by former ad man Charles B. Pierce, the movie plays as a more-or-less straight documentary, and to an extent it is one: Pierce got residents of Fouke, Arkansas, to recreate their own actual encounters with the so-called “Fouke Monster,” a Sasquatch-like creature said to lurk in the vast swamplands outside of town. Roughly half the cast play themselves, whereas the ...
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‘Blair Witch’ Creative Team Lament Film’s Reception, Mock Box Office Winner ‘Sully’ on Twitter

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‘Blair Witch’ Creative Team Lament Film’s Reception, Mock Box Office Winner ‘Sully’ on Twitter
This past weekend, Lionsgate released the horror film “Blair Witch,” a direct sequel to Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez’s 1999 smash hit “The Blair Witch Project,” to mixed reviews and an underwhelming box office performance. The film grossed $9.6 million on opening weekend, which was below expectations and the lowest for the series, even lower than the widely-panned first sequel “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2.”

Read More: Review: ‘The Woods’ Delivers The ‘Blair Witch’ Sequel We Wanted 15 Years Ago

In response to the film’s tepid critical and commercial response, the “Blair Witch” director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett took to Twitter to lament their film’s reception and gently mock the weekend’s box office winner “Sully,” Clint Eastwood’s film about Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and the Miracle on the Hudson. Wingard first tweeted that, “Ya win some. Ya lose some,” before commenting to Barrett that they
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Blair Witch review – efficient horror sequel

The 1999 original terrified audiences with its ‘found footage’ shtick, but there are few surprises left down in the woods today

In the mid-1890s, Parisians reportedly ran screaming from the Lumière brothers’ experimental short film L’arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat, terrified that the train coming towards them was about to run them down. A century later, cinemagoers were traumatised by The Blair Witch Project, unable to determine whether its faux-documentary story was fact or fiction. Kickstarting the “found footage” boom that has dominated 21st-century horror, directors Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez brilliantly reminded us that cinema’s greatest trick has always been in convincing us that what we are watching is “real”.

Distributors Artisan famously picked up the no-budget The Blair Witch Project, with its unknown cast, for $1m and watched it make hundreds of millions worldwide. Now franchise inheritors Lionsgate have come searching for equally rich pickings.
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‘The Blair Witch Project’ Prequel That Never Happened: How the Original Team Missed Their Window

‘The Blair Witch Project’ Prequel That Never Happened: How the Original Team Missed Their Window
About a decade ago, the team behind the biggest hit of the decade wrote a screenplay for the prequel. It had been a long time coming. In 1999, the shaky-cam horror movie “The Blair Witch Project” grossed nearly $250 million around the world, turning the microbudget chronicle of a few friends who venture into the woods and never returned into an unexpected phenomena. “We had a plan for if it failed, what do with our finances without declaring bankruptcy,” said Eduardo Sanchez, who co-directed with Daniel Myrick. “We didn’t have a plan if it became the highest-grossing independent film of all time.”

However, distributor Artisan Entertainment had plenty of ideas. In the immediate aftermath of “The Blair Witch Project” taking off around the world, the company announced its investment two follow-ups, only one of which came to fruition. Myrick and Sanchez, eager to try something different, instead threw themselves into raising
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Review: 'Blair Witch' is a brute force reminder of what worked about the original film

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Review: 'Blair Witch' is a brute force reminder of what worked about the original film
When I reviewed the original The Blair Witch Project, it was March of 1999. I saw it in Austin, in the apartment of a couple of my friends, thanks to Harry Knowles, who had been sent a VHS copy of the film by the filmmakers during its Sundance run. I went to Austin in February, and Harry had been sitting on his copy, waiting for us to get to town. We were there for the third Quentin Tarantino film festival at the still-young Alamo Drafthouse, and on the last night of the festival, my friends and I were set to hit the road as soon as the movies ended. We were road-tripping, and between the four of us, we figured we’d be able to do the entire drive back to La straight through with no stops for sleep. Harry asked us not to leave town right after the film, though.
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