For fans who have been waiting impatiently for another follow-up to The Blair Witch Project, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. Eduardo Sánchez, who co-directed the original 1999 horror blockbuster with Daniel Myrick, revealed in an interview with Dread Central that they have both been discussing The Blair Witch Project 3 with Lionsgate, with hopes that they may start production within the next few years.
"We have been talking to Lionsgate and there has been a little bit of movement but nothing is concrete. The film seems inevitable to me, but really it's just a matter of it being the right time. I'm thinking it's going to happen sooner than later at this point, but I always say that. There's always rumblings and certain ideas being pushed around and such. While I don't have anything firm to talk about now, it wouldn't surprise me if something happened within the next year or two."
Back in 2011, Eduardo Sánchez said that both he and Daniel Myrick have been ready to make The Blair Witch Project 3, but it's all up to Lionsgate at this point. Neither filmmaker was involved in the 2000 "sequel" Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, which was chided by fans and critics alike. Eduardo Sánchez said in 2011 that their follow-up will essentially ignore the events of Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. Take a look at what he had to say nearly four years ago about the sequel.
"I actually liked the sequel but at the same time it exists in a world outside of the movie. So if we want to do a sequel to The Blair Witch Project, we have to stay in that world, which Book of Shadows didn't stay in that world. Book of Shadows created a different world. It's like if the sequel to Jaws started with shots of people lined up to see Jaws in the movie theater. For Book of Shadows it worked in a certain way but to me my biggest gripe with Artisan was you shouldn't have called it Blair Witch 2. It would've been fine to call it Blair Witch Chronicles. It wasn't really a sequel to our movie. So it would be a direct sequel to our film living in that mythology of Burkittsville, being possessed, haunted by something."
It isn't known if Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick still plan on taking this route with The Blair Witch Project 3, or if they even have a screenplay completed. Would you like to see The Blair Witch Project 3 that goes back to Burkittsville? Chime in with your thoughts below.