Blair Witch Project: Director Eduardo Sanchez On Reboot
Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sanchez Petitions For An Extended Film
Writers: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez
Release Date: July 30, 1999
There is a lot of news and attention surrounding The Blair Witch Project franchise. Aside from the 2016 reboot, Blair Witch that will be releasing this Friday, September 16, 2016, Eduardo Sanchez, co-writer, and director of the original 1999 film, is revisiting the old film, in hopes of making an extended version.
In recent news, when the script of The Blair Witch Project landed in the hand of Hollywood executives, hours of footage was not utilized. This decreased the duration of the film tremendously, making it a total running time of 1 hour 21 minutes.
During an interview on the Found Footage Critic podcast, Sanchez went into this topic. His statement:
“In a couple of weeks, I could probably take the original movie and edit a longer version. I know the fans are like ‘everybody wants to see it’ . . .
it would be cool to do, honestly. I wouldn’t hesitate to do that if Lionsgate Films hired me. I think it would a lot of fun.
“Start a petition . . . if I can get enough interest from the fans, I can bring it to Lionsgate Films’ attention.”
Myrick and Sanchez’s The Blair Witch Project is a Found Footage, Documentary-style film that follows three film students who travel to Maryland to film about the urban legend, The Blair Witch.
However, the film students never returned. But their footage was found and salvaged and compiled into a movie. The Blair Witch Project.
Like most Found Footage films, most of The Blair Witch Project is seen through the lens of the camera. There is a lot of simulated intensity and fear. A lot of darkness and running around the woods, but none of it drawing any real sense of fear.
To hear that the film was equipped with hours of footage that was left rotting in a closet somewhere is a disappointment in itself. Maybe that footage could have added more leverage to the film.
Luckily, for all of the curious fans, Sanchez has plans to revisit the film and comprise an extended version. Of course, he needs the green light from Lionsgate to make this happen. That this wouldn’t be possible without the input and support of the fans and audiences.
A petition was created to get the ball rolling. To sign the petition and support the reboot of The Blair Witch Project, visit Petition Lionsgate For An Extended Version of “The Blair Witch Project” on FoundFootageCritic.