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‘The Blair Witch Project’ TV Show in the Works, Says Eduardo Sánchez

‘The Blair Witch Project’ TV Show in the Works, Says Eduardo Sánchez
Because the third time’s the charm, a new attempt at making a follow-up to “The Blair Witch Project” is in the works — this time on TV. As both 2000’s “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2” and last year’s “Blair Witch” proved to be disappointments, this small-screen venture both does and does not have to contend with high expectations. Eduardo Sánchez, who co-directed the original film, revealed the plans on the Diminishing Returns podcast.

Read More:Life After ‘Blair Witch’: Why the Writer-Director Team Waited Years to Make a Studio Movie

For us, it’s a very natural thing to go and say, ‘Hey, let’s do a frickin’ Blair Witch show,'” he said, adding that “you can say it’s from the original creators and we can bring in a whole bunch of interesting directors to direct episodes.” Sánchez and Daniel Myric effectively launched the found-footage genre
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‘The Blair Witch Project’ TV Show in the Works, Says Eduardo Sánchez

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‘The Blair Witch Project’ TV Show in the Works, Says Eduardo Sánchez
Because the third time’s the charm, a new attempt at making a follow-up to “The Blair Witch Project” is in the works — this time on TV. As both 2000’s “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2” and last year’s “Blair Witch” proved to be disappointments, this small-screen venture both does and does not have to contend with high expectations. Eduardo Sánchez, who co-directed the original film, revealed the plans on the Diminishing Returns podcast.

Read More:Life After ‘Blair Witch’: Why the Writer-Director Team Waited Years to Make a Studio Movie

For us, it’s a very natural thing to go and say, ‘Hey, let’s do a frickin’ Blair Witch show,'” he said, adding that “you can say it’s from the original creators and we can bring in a whole bunch of interesting directors to direct episodes.” Sánchez and Daniel Myric effectively launched the found-footage genre
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Zac Efron Playing Ted Bundy in ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’

Zac Efron Playing Ted Bundy in ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’
From the director of Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2! Zac Efron may be funny and super handsome, but up next he’s going to have to flex a whole new set of acting muscles in director Joe Berlinger’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. In the upcoming film, reports THR, Efron will be playing Ted Bundy, one of the […]
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The Blair Witch's Legacy...or lack there of

Does The Blair Witch Project have a lasting legacy? Sure, the film is remembered, but is it remembered fondly? Does it linger?    In fairness, you'd be hard-pressed to deny the success of the famously low budget Indie's "Diy" innovations. From its cinematic DNA, to its viral ad campaign (before there were viral ad campaigns), the film's initial cultural impact was not only impressive, but virtually inescapable. It was the kind of "lightning in a bottle" moment in the horror genre that was as rare in a Post-"Scream" 90's world as it was improbable.  The film's follow-up, the hastily trotted out misfire Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 was an unsurprising failure on...well, most levels. With Paradise Lost director Joe Berlinger at the helm, it managed to have a strong grasp...

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What went wrong with the original Blair Witch sequel

Simon Brew Sep 20, 2016

Blair Witch: Book Of Shadows is renowned as a very bad sequel. Its director has explained just where it went wrong…

Whilst the new Blair Witch sequel, from director Adam Wingard, hardly sent box office tills into overdrive over the weekend, we’ve yet to meet anyone who even begins to argue that it’s not a significant upgrade on the original follow-up, Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. Renowned documentary maker Joe Berlinger took on the job of the second movie, and he’s been looking back at just what went wrong with the film.

Revealing that he couldn’t bring himself to see the new Blair Witch, in spite of his respect for Adam Wingard, Berlinger admitted “I just couldn’t bring myself to go see it and relive the trauma”.

What trauma? That of the studio recutting Book Of Shadows. They “inserted scenes
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'Blair Witch 2's' director is still traumatized by the experience of making it

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'Blair Witch 2's' director is still traumatized by the experience of making it
As original Blair Witch Project star Joshua Leonard put it to me last week, part of the reason the quickie 2000 sequel Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 was so disappointing was that Joe Berlinger, one of the greatest documentary filmmakers of the modern era, directed the thing. Indeed, how could everything have gone so wrong with the director of Brother's Keeper and Paradise Lost at the helm? "Joe Berlinger, who directed it, was one of my favorite documentary directors of our time," said Leonard. "At the studio perspective, it was a little too much too soon, and probably approached with pretty capitalistic intentions. I was excited and rooting for it being good because I liked [the people involved] a lot. But I did go see it. I wanted to like it." Given his esteemed present-day reputation, it's easy to forget that at the time he signed on, Berlinger had never directed a narrative feature before,
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Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 Director Joe Berlinger Talks Blair Witch Box Office

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Earlier in the day we talked about the disappointing box office returns of Blair Witch. Now the director of Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, Joe Berlinger, has chimed in to give his opinion on the state of things. .… Continue Reading →

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Joe Berlinger Dispels Myth That ‘Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2’ Was A Failure

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This weekend, “Blair Witch,” a sequel to “The Blair Witch Project” and an attempt to reboot the franchise, arrived in cinemas and flopped. Hard. Earning $9.6 million, it was nearly double the budget of the $5 million movie, but it was the worst opening in the series history, and it also took a beating from critics and audiences (who tagged it with an abysmal D+ Cinemascore). And the occasion led to filmmaker Joe Berlinger, who helmed “Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2” over fifteen years ago to equally disastrous results, to hit Twitter with what some could perceive as a #hottake:

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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’ Surprise Sequel Made Less In Its Opening Weekend Than Widely Criticized First Sequel, ‘Book Of Shadows’

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‘Blair Witch’ Surprise Sequel Made Less In Its Opening Weekend Than Widely Criticized First Sequel, ‘Book Of Shadows’
When surprise horror hit “The Blair Witch Project” inspired a fast-tracked sequel — one that hit the big screen less than two years after the original debuted at the Sundance Film Festival — it was long before the days when such things were considered a given. Yet the film’s smash hit box office numbers and wild word-of-mouth seemed to earmark it as the exact kind of film — horror or otherwise — to franchise, and fast.

Although the film mostly veered away from the found-footage style of the original, it did feature a filmmaker well-equipped to dealing in first-person storytelling: Documentarian Joe Berlinger, in his first narrative directing gig. The film was ultimately plagued by notorious issues, including a studio-led recut that robbed it of much of Berlinger’s vision and a marketing campaign that all but rejected the flash and style of the first film’s ambitious methodology. In short, it wasn’t very good,
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‘The Blair Witch Project’ Prequel That Never Happened: How the Original Team Missed Their Window

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‘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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Original 'Blair Witch' star Joshua Leonard: People still tell me they want their money back

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Original 'Blair Witch' star Joshua Leonard: People still tell me they want their money back
17 years ago, The Blair Witch Project burst into theaters on a massive wave of hype and made instant stars out of its directors, Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick, and its trio of lead actors: Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael C. Williams, who made the cover of Newsweek magazine that same August. It was an unprecedented success that paved the way for the "found footage" genre that would explode over the subsequent decade, with films like Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield successfully exploiting the format's potential. None of these, though, would haunt viewers in quite the same way as Blair Witch, whose grainy, pre-smartphone aesthetic and terrifying denouement would stick with us long after the film's pop-cultural moment had passed. Of the film's three lead actors, Leonard has undoubtedly enjoyed the greatest run of Hollywood success post-Blair Witch, though it's worth noting that his career didn't really begin to heat
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Box Office: ‘Blair Witch’ Scares Up Moderate $765,000 on Thursday

Box Office: ‘Blair Witch’ Scares Up Moderate $765,000 on Thursday
The horror sequel “Blair Witch” opened with a moderate $765,000 at more than 2,300 U.S. locations on Thursday night.

Open Road’s biopic “Snowden” rolled out with $390,000 on Thursday night and “Bridget Jones’s Baby” also launched to a modest sum of $364,000 in Thursday night shows in 2,208 theaters with showings that began at 7 p.m.

Lionsgate’s “Blair Witch” has the best prospects of topping the second weekend of Tom Hanks’ “Sully” with recent projections at as much as $23 million at 3,121 locations in what’s expected to be a tight contest. Lionsgate has been forecasting a launch in the $16 million to $18 million range for “Blair Witch,” which carries a budget of well under $10 million.

Sully” has taken in $45.7 million in its first six days and carries plenty of strong word of mouth, having generated an A CinemaScore on its opening weekend.

Universal’s romantic comedy sequel “Bridget Jones’s Baby” is
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The Preview Reel: Can the Blair Witch Conjure Up a Win?

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Welcome to another “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. Last weekend finally saw some good box office results as Sully grossed over $35 million in its opening weekend, and this weekend looks to continue that trend. The surprise horror sequel Blair Witch hits the screen, along with another legacy sequel in Bridget Jones’s Baby, and the Oliver Stone thriller, Snowden. Let’s break them down.

Blair Witch

What we are excited about:

Originally titled The Woods, no one knew that this found footage horror film was a sequel to the mid-1990s phenomenon The Blair Witch Project until it premiered at this year’s Comic-Con. Even though that tactic might not get points for originality (10 Cloverfield Lane did the same thing back in March), it is still pretty cool that Lionsgate was able to keep that under wraps and it seems that
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The Weekend Warrior 9/16/16: Blair Witch, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Snowden, Hillsong: Let Hope Rise

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Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood’s real-life drama about airline pilot Sully (Warner Bros.) far surpassed all expectations, making nearly $10 million more than my prediction with an opening weekend of $35 million in 3,525 theaters, also making it one of the biggest openings for a movie opening the weekend after Labor Day. The Screen Gems thriller When the Bough Breaks disappointed compared to some of their similar releases, taking second place with around where we predicted with around $14 million. The lower profile animated film The Wild Life (Summit/Lionsgate) did end up in fifth place behind Don’t Breathe and Suicide Squad, but with a measly $3.3 million in 2,493 theaters. As expected, Relativity’s theatrical return with its own horror/thriller The Disappointments Room
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Awfully Good: Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

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Finally! A new Blair Witch movie to wipe the taste of this one out of our mouths. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000) Director: Joe Berlinger Stars: Jeffrey Donovan, Kim Director, Erica Leerhsen A group of Blair Witch Project fans venture in to the same woods and clearly learned nothing from the first movie. I imagine it's not easy making a sequel to something that was a legitimate... Read More...
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Box Office: ‘Blair Witch’ Looks to Scare Off ‘Sully,’ ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’

Box Office: ‘Blair Witch’ Looks to Scare Off ‘Sully,’ ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’
The opening of horror sequel “Blair Witch” has the best prospects of topping the second weekend of Tom Hanks’ “Sully” with as much as $23 million this weekend in more than 3,000 theaters — though it could be a tight contest.

Universal’s romantic comedy sequel “Bridget Jones’s Baby” is also launching with expectations in the $12 million to $16 million range at 2,920 sites. Open Road’s biopic “Snowden” will debut with forecasts in the $8 million to $10 million range.

And Warner Bros.’ “Sully,” which overperformed with $35 million on its opening weekend, may show enough staying power to lead the pack, given its appeal to older moviegoers. Hanks’ “Captain Phillips” declined just 36% in its second weekend in 2012 and his “Bridge of Spies” decreased only 26% in its second frame.

Lionsgate is forecasting that the third film in the “Blair Witch” franchise will finish in the $15 million to $18 million range, but rivals are predicting significantly higher numbers,
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Movie Review – Blair Witch (2016)

Blair Witch, 2016.

Directed by Adam Wingard.

Starring James Allen McCune, Valorie Curry, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Wes Robinson and Corbin Reid.

Synopsis:

A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to unravel the mystery of the legendary Blair Witch.

When Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez’s micro-budget 1999 shocker The Blair Witch Project hit the screens, it was heralded by perhaps the most ingenious marketing campaign of modern times. There was a tsunami of hype prior to its release, with the film-makers insistence that the footage was genuine, and was found in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland in 1994. The film was their tribute to the 3 young film-makers documenting the local legend of the Blair Witch; Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, and Joshua Leonard, who were all presumed dead. In the early days of the Internet, Haxan film’s viral website blairwitch.com was very convincing
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Blair Witch’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Blair Witch’
If you go down to the woods today, well, you’re not in for the biggest of surprises. An effectively jumpy, artfully artless follow-up to 1999’s landmark exercise in no-budget horror “The Blair Witch Project,” Adam Wingard’s “Blair Witch” plays enjoyably on viewers’ familiarity with the franchise as a new generation of enterprising young filmmakers is sent hiking in the Black Hills — before the considerably more gifted young filmmakers behind the camera fall prey to the plainly familiar. Setting up a number of promising kinks in the now-standard found-footage formula, as the seemingly spooked forest begins to close in its hapless victims, “Blair Witch” disappointingly casts most of them aside for a finale that does little to advance the series’ existing mythos. And advance it must, since audience turnout should be healthy enough to ensure another camping trip in the near feature.

A significantly more accomplished and entertaining sequel
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Tiff 2016: 33 Films From The Festival We’ve Already Seen

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Tiff 2016: 33 Films From The Festival We’ve Already Seen
The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off this week, and with it, the rest of a very busy fall festival season. In preparation for the Canadian festival, we’ll be rolling out a series of previews to point you in the direction of all the movies you have to see (or at least, all the movies you have to start anticipating right now). Next up, a batch of features we’ve already seen — and can heartily recommend to an eager Tiff audience.

Loving

This year’s Cannes Film festival featured director Jeff Nichols’ latest historical drama “Loving.” Our own Eric Kohn’s review of the film highlights the performances and Nichols’ screenplay: “Nichols sets the stage for a soft-spoken narrative in which his actors’ faces tell the story. As Richard, Edgerton’s ideally cast to play a low key character less invested in grand statements than maintaining his private life.
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