Written by John Squires
As we recently told you, directors Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick filmed HOURS UPON HOURS of footage for The Blair Witch Project, most of which has still to this day never been seen by anyone but those close to the production. An early cut of the film, which ran nearly three-hours long, was at one point publicly screened, but even that cut has never actually been released.
In the wake of an interview writer Michael Steinberg conducted with Sanchez for his site Found Footage Critic, the Blair Witch fan has taken Sanchez up on an offer to urge Lionsgate to allow him to put together an extended cut of the 1999 found footage flick, and he needs OUR help in order to get the company’s attention. If we all sign and share the petition, well, there’s a good chance they’ll give Sanchez the green light to do his thing.
“During the original process of the editing of the film we started off with a 3 hour cut and then we trimmed it down to about 2.5 hours, and that was the first time we showed it to an audience,” he told Found Footage Critic. “We knew it was way too long. We knew we were going to have to cut at least an hour out of the movie. So we showed the movie and it was a good reaction. It was definitely too long, but that was really the first time where people had seen it like that and just kind of experienced this thing, which was a 2.5 hour version of Blair Witch.”
“I think unfortunately the 2.5-hour version that we screened originally we haven’t been able to find anywhere,” Sanchez continued. “That’s just what happens when you have to reuse Beta SP tapes because you have no money. We’d have to go back and figure out where the files are and all that stuff. And it would be a nightmare. But yeah, I think in a couple of weeks I could probably take the original movie and edit a longer version if I wanted to. 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 for some reason Lionsgate hired me to do that. I think it would a lot of fun.”