Even though Lionsgate's Blair Witch reboot didn't make nearly as much money at the box office as some thought it might last year, the movie was still financially successful and helped to reintroduce the franchise to modern audiences. A sequel to the movie isn't happening, but Eduardo Sánchez, co-director of the original Blair Witch Project, reveals that a Blair Witch TV series is currently in development.
Eduardo Sanchez recently appeared on an episode of the Diminishing Returns podcast and revealed that the Blair Witch TV series is in development. He couldn't say much about it, and it appears to be in the early stages, but he makes it clear that he and Daniel Myrick, who co-directed The Blair Witch Project, are working on it. Here's what he had to say about it.
"For us, it's a very natural thing to go and say, 'Hey, let's do a frickin' Blair Witch show' You can say it's from the original creators and we can bring in a whole bunch of interesting directors to direct episodes."
Horror is doing quite well on TV, with shows like American Horror Story, Channel Zero and Stranger Things, which certainly has horror elements, all very popular. How exactly Blair Witch is going to be adapted for the small screen is up in the air, but Eduardo Sanchez implies that the show will take the form of an anthology series.
"I think that the idea of a Blair Witch anthology has always been very, just a really interesting thing. You're close. You're in the ballpark. You know, and I think it might be one of those things that might be, you know, the more you think about it, you're like, 'That might be the perfect... a TV show.' You know? So, we'll see what happens, but I think that's the next big thing for Blair Witch. Probably TV."
To say that The Blair Witch Project is an influential movie in the world of horror would be a pretty big understatement. Not only did it introduce us to found footage as we know it, but the movie was a massive box office success and remains one of the most profitable movies ever made. The movie, made for just $60,000, was released in 1999 and grossed an insanely impressive $248.6 million. So it's understandable that Hollywood has tried to expand the franchise over the years.
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, to say the least, was an absolute disappointment, both critically and commercially. Adam Wingard (You're Next) did a better, but still not quite totally satisfying for most, sequel with Blair Witch last year. The movie made a big splash when it was announced, but failed to meet expectations upon release. So, since movies haven't worked out as well, perhaps doing a Blair Witch TV show really is the way to go. You can check out the full interview with Eduardo Sanchez on the Diminishing Returns podcast. We'll be sure to keep you up to date as more information on the project is made available.