Earlier on Dread Central, director Eduardo Sanchez was asked about the possibility of a return to the woods in a sequel to his now 16 year old box office hit The Blair Witch Project. Sanchez stated:
“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.”
While that does not particularly relay anything concrete on the possibility of a third film, it does continue to give hope to those Blair Witch fans who would like to see, not only another film, but a return of at least one of the original directors to the franchise (Daniel Myrick being the other).
This is far from the first time that Sanchez (and/or Myrick) have spoken on the idea of returning to do another Blair Witch film. In an interview with the BBC, marking the 10th Anniversary of the release of The Blair Witch Project in 2009, the two were thoughtful on how to proceed with the series after Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (a film the two had very little to do with):
Ideally, each Blair Witch film would be a completely different kind of movie. We’ve thought about doing a film that takes place in the late 1700s and looks like a [Stanley] Kubrick movie with gritty looking people and lighting….but now, we’re thinking about going back and and seeing what happened directly after the first film finished. I think it will have some kind of video element in it, but it won’t be a first person hand-held movie.
Hopefully, for fans of the Blair Witch mythos, or those horror fans who are looking for a horror film predicated more on the use of atmosphere, rather than jump scares, this latest interview will herald the beginning of a return for the long-dormant franchise.