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In this day and age when everyone seems to know everything way far in advance any amount of true surprise in the film world is, well, surprising. And rare. And so the simple fact that Lionsgate and director Adam Wingard managed to completely blindside the crowd at San Diego Comic Con by revealing that Wingard's upcoming horror picture The Woods was actually a super secretive sequel to The Blair Witch Project titled simply Blair Witch, that alone was a significant win. Throw in the fact that the film itself is - by all accounts - very very good and, hey, it would appear that one of the original viral phenomenons is getting itself a proper revival. It’s been 20 years since James’s sister and her...
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Lionsgate is moving forward with its Jekyll movie, and it seems the studio has found its leading man. A new report reveals that Captain America: Civil War star Chris Evans has become attached in the lead role as Tom Jackman for the studio. The project is still in fairly early stages, with no director attached at this time.
Deadline reports that the studio is developing this project based on the 2007 UK miniseries of the same name. The miniseries spanned six episodes and was written by Doctor Who and Sherlock creator Steven Moffat. Lionsgate has brought in Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry (The Nice Guys) to write the script, although no plot details were given.
Interestingly enough, The Nice Guys star Russell Crowe recently signed on to play Dr. Jekyll in Universal Pictures' monster reboot The Mummy, where he'll star alongside Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson. »
Of course the first question worth asking is this: is Blair Witch a horror movie? That now depends on which Blair Witch you’re talking about. Amongst all its glittering comic book movie reveals, Comic Con 2016’s biggest surprise turned out to be that Adam Wingard’s upcoming found footage horror picture, The Woods, set to release in September, has long in secret been a sequel to The Blair Witch Project. You’ve probably seen that one, the 1999 micro budget film which practically invented the found footage genre (or at least rocketed it once more into the public consciousness) and sent people at Cannes into paroxysms of fear in a manner few had seen since The Exorcist twenty five years earlier.
It’s been described by many as a seminal piece of horror to reflect Generation X, the pre-millennial terror »
- Tony Black
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Scooperhero News – A bumper round-up of all the superhero movie news from Comic Con, including the first trailers for Wonder Woman and Justice League, a second trailer for Doctor Strange, and descriptions of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok exclusive footage. Oh, and Captain Marvel is Brie Larson.
Everything Else – Adam Wingard’s The Woods revealed as a secret Blair Witch Project sequel, Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie gets its first proper trailer, Kong: Skull Island looks incredible and it’s time to ride the Pokemon Go craze: a Detective Pikachu film is coming.
Mailbag – remember that time Oli and Luke bumped into a celebrity? Nope. Because it’s never happened. Cinema’s worst franchise canon gaffs, »
- Oli Davis
Netflix's Stranger Things is the hit of the summer, and that's thanks in part to the nostalgia it brings to mind for a lot of people. You probably noticed a lot of nods to films of the past while watching but check out this side-by-side comparison. Besides its fantastic cast and the nostalgia factor, I also really appreciated Stranger Things' score (which, funny enough, made me think a lot of AMC's Halt and Catch Fire score). Vimeo user Ulysse Thevenon utilizes the main theme by the group Survive (Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, who also worked on Adam Wingard's The Guest) in his video detailing just a few of the many '70s and '80s films referenced in the series. While it leaves out more modern movie references, this is a pretty fun project. The most obvious newer film that comes to mind for me is Jonathan Glazer »
- Jill Pantozzi
The summer of the year that brought the 20th century to a close, for me, was a fantastic and exciting time. I had just celebrated my twenty-fifth birthday, I was living on my own in a semi-luxurious apartment and I was shamelessly indulging in the nightclub lifestyle – my weekends comprised of hitting disco after disco, losing myself in house music and coming home in the wee hours of the morning to suffer from massive hangovers later that day more than I care to remember. I had commemorated having been out of the closet for two years and I had also just taken up the pastime of re-familiarizing myself with 80’s slasher films, renting them from a still-operating mom-and-pop rental house in large numbers and watching them whenever a free moment presented itself. During a weekend outing to the local cinema in the fall of that same year to painfully sit »
- Leonel VHS
At Comic-Con on the weekend, it was revealed that The Woods, Adam Wingard’s new horror, is in fact a sequel to found footage classic The Blair Witch Project (1999). Unfolding 20 years after the disappearance of three friends in a Maryland forest while researching the legend of the Blair Witch, leaving a trail of theories and suspicions in their wake, this followup tracks what happens when one of their sisters and her friends head into the same woods to investigate
• Blair Witch is released in UK cinemas on 16 September
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- Guardian Staff
I was 13 when I convinced my mom to take me to the theater located inside our local mall to see a movie she didn’t know anything about called The Blair Witch Project. Prior to seeing it, I would log on to AOL and reread the timeline on www.blairwitch.com so I would know a fictionalized history of Burkittsville, Maryland. The found footage genre was nothing revolutionary, but it felt fresh to mainstream audiences who had no idea what they were getting into when walking into the theater. Vague TV spots and trailers promised footage of three young filmmakers who disappeared in the woods while making a documentary about a local legend called the Blair Witch. I knew going in that it wasn’t real, but my mother had no clue. We had a crowded screening and remember the need for reassurance that the movie was indeed over after »
Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes and clips and puts it all in perspective. I did not want to like this trailer. I'm sick of found footage movies. We've seen it all many times by now. The shaky camera. The blacked out camera. Tripping and falling camera. Sarcastic characters at their most shrill, telling us how they aren't scared. Then more screaming, shaking and running. And vomiting. I'm the one doing the vomiting, but it's still part of the overall process. The Blair Witch Project was an original when it came out, and if you saw it before it was hyped, it was a genuinely scary film - and anyone who says otherwise is a liar! But all the found footage movies that came after really put a damper on the format. So I came in not wanting to like this trailer... and you know what? »
- Jon Davis
This year's San Diego Comic-Con brought a treasure trove of trailers for some of the upcoming year's most buzzworthy movies, from superhero movies and franchise tentpole blockbusters to, curiously enough, Oliver Stone's upcoming Edward Snowden biopic. (Watching the filmmaker warn the attendees of his Hall H panel that Pokémon Go watches them as they slumber was a rare, unexpected treat.)
We've got a nice long wait for most of these — enjoy that Justice League clip, people, because we've still got another 16 months before it swoops into theaters — but for now, »
If you're a movie lover, comic book geek, or superhero fanatic, this past weekend at Comic-Con was as if Christmas came early.
Tons of new trailers and movie news dropped at the 2016 edition of San Diego Comic-Con, and we're just trying to catch our breath after all of the excitement.
We've compiled everything you may have missed, whether it was the new Justice League teaser trailer, the news that Brie Larson will be playing Captain Marvel. or the epic Wonder Woman trailer. Check out everything from Comic-Con below and get excited!
- Adriana Floridia
Nothing gets my jollies jostled like a good holiday horror flick, but Red Christmas falls short of being the next killer yuletide classic. Twisted ideologies are present – along with an aggressive socio-political message (like most good B-Movies carry) – yet execution is more “ho-hum” than “Ho Ho Ho!” There’s surely a demented likability to this Australian family vacation gone awry, but this is a low, Low-budget affair – and it shows. In the cinematography, performances and special effects, it definitely, definitely shows.
Dee Wallace stars as a proud mother named Diane, whose only wish is for all of her closest family to gather and celebrate Christmas together (a wish that’s granted). There’s predictable sisterly banter (Sarah Bishop as Suzy, Janis McGavin as Ginny), drunken silliness, delectable food, plus Uncle Joe (Geoff Morrell) double-fisting his flask and a rolled joint. All in all, it’s a fairly expected holiday party – until a cloaked, »
- Matt Donato
It’s been less than a day since Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett threw me for a proverbial loop, and I am still sitting here absolutely stunned that their latest collaboration, formerly titled The Woods, was revealed to be Blair Witch, a second sequel to the highly successful 1999 landmark film, The Blair Witch Project. In a day and age where we seem to know practically everything about a movie often before we even see a first trailer, I must tip my hat to Lionsgate for making the unveiling of Blair Witch feel like a lovely homage to the brilliant marketing of the original film, because as obvious as it seems now, I simply did not see this coming.
- Heather Wixson
In theaters September 16 is the upcoming Blair Witch. Lionsgate originally promoted it as The Woods when in reality it is a sequel to Blair Witch.
The film is helmed by director Adam Wingard (You’Re Next, The Guest, V/H/S, V/H/S/2), who has assembled an accomplished behind-the-scenes team that includes screenwriter and longtime collaborator Simon Barrett (You’Re Next, The Guest, V/H/S, V/H/S/2); producers Roy Lee (The Ring, The Strangers, The Grudge), Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious), Keith Calder, p.g.a. (You’Re Next, The Guest, Anomalisa), and Jess Calder, p.g.a. (You’Re Next, The Guest, The Devil’S Candy), ; and executive producers Jenny Hinkey, Daniel Myrick (director/writer, The Blair Witch Project), Eduardo Sanchez (director/writer, The Blair Witch Project) and Gregg Hale (producer, The Blair Witch Project).
For several years, Lionsgate had been searching for the right concept to reboot Blair Witch, »
- Michelle McCue
There are very few things that mean as much, be it good or bad, to a horror fanatic than The Blair Witch Project. There is no doubt it was a monumental movie in the history of horror, and it started the found footage craze that is still going on today. Now, nearly 20 years later, Lionsgate has made a sequel to that movie, which was originally called The Woods, but what we now know is actually called Blair Witch, and it is without question the best sequel that you had no idea you needed or wanted.
The sequel picks up in 2016 and sticks to the timeline and the lore established by the original movie. Blair Witch centers on a group of teenagers who decide to venture into the Black Hills Forest, where they are trying to figure out what happened to Heather (the girl from the first Blair Witch) nearly 20 years ago, »
There’s no question about it… the best kept secret at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con was the fact that Adam Wingard’s new movie The Woods is actually the third film in the Blair Witch franchise. We’ve known about it for… Continue Reading →
The post #SDCC16: Blair Witch Premiere Coverage – Watch The Q&A Now! appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
For all of us who thought the horrors of the “The Blair Witch Project” were something of our long-forgotten past, think again. It was revealed that the upcoming film, “The Woods,” is actually a sequel to the 1999 mystery horror film during a screening at Comic-Con on Friday night. It is now titled “Blair Witch.” “‘The Woods’ was our working title,” said director Adam Wingard to EW. “When we signed on to it, we knew that was eventually going to be changed. To us, it wasn’t even going to be part of the marketing. But I think Lionsgate made a. »
- Rasha Ali
Lionsgate has set a Sept. 16 launch for Blair Witch, the third film in the found-footage horror franchise — and the first in 16 years.
The studio revealed the project Friday night at Comic-Con at what had been billed as a screening of “The Woods,” releasing a poster and trailer. The updated story, directed by Adam Wingard, is set in the remote Maryland woods where three filmmakers disappeared 20 years ago.
“Blair Witch” centers on a group of college students venturing into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of the sister of one of the students — who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence.
The first film, »
- Dave McNary
One of the biggest surprises to come out of San Diego's Comic-Con so far is the revelation that a sequel to The Blair Witch Project, the horror movie that spawned an entire found-footage genre, will arrive in theaters in September.
Titled simply Blair Witch, the film takes place in present day, with the brother of Heather, the girl who disappeared in the 1999 original, setting forth into the Black Hills Forest of Maryland in search of his sister, The Playlist reports.
If it seems like the Blair Witch sequel has been conjured up out of nowhere, »
Friday night at Comic-Con, horror fans were surprised to find out that Adam Wingard’s new project is an official sequel to “The Blair Witch Project.” Previously titled “The Woods” to throw people off, “Blair Witch” stars James Allen McCune as the brother of Heather Donahue, original character from the first film, who sets out to find out what happened to his missing sister. The movie was shown for the first time at the convention.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the film’s helmer talked about how they kept this project a secret for so long.
“‘The Woods’ was our working title,” said Wingard. “When we signed on to it, we knew that [the name] was eventually going to be changed. To us, it wasn’t even going to be part of the marketing. But I think Lionsgate made a really smart decision, using that.”
Read More: ‘The Woods’: Fans »
- Liz Calvario
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