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If there was any doubt as to the legacy of a decade-old horror film, one need look no further than the one-two punch of the faux-documentary viral marketing that now accompanies films that don’t need it and the enduring strength of people drinking four gallons of coffee and then operating a camera. The Blair Witch Project may have not invented either, but it popularized both at the end of the 1990s and got the ball rolling for a ton of filmmakers today.

Now the team behind the Project, Ed Sanchez and Dan Myrick, might be ready to move forward with a sequel. According to an interview they did with Bloody Disgusting, the pair claim they will have a serious ‘yes’ or ‘no’ as to whether they can move forward within a few week’s time.

If they do get turned down, I feel it only reasonable that Matt Reeves bankroll the entire film himself with his Cloverfield salary.

They had very little details to offer (which makes sense considering the franchise), but they did dash the hopes of any story taking on the origins of the witch in a prequel. They also claimed the new film would be in the spirit of the first but recognized that it could in no way live up to its legacy.

I can’t say I care one way or another whether they make another flick (unless its to wash out the taste of Book of Shadows: Electric Blair Witch 2), but they did say something in the interview that gave me a lot of hope for a sequel and for them as filmmakers in general. The money quote from Myrick here:

If it’s approached the right way and the audience is given due credit for being thinking individuals, then this could be a cool franchise that delves into a lot of the mythology that has been swirling around this phenomena for years.”

See that? There are filmmakers who want to treat their audience members like they have a brain.

I’m just as shocked as you are.

Hopefully the duo can shock us again in the near future with another movie that reinvigorates environmental horror.

What do you think?


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