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Blair Witch 2 story set

BlairWitch.jpgWe've been hearing that the guys behind the Blair Witch Project have been thinking of a new, proper sequel to The Blair Witch Project, a film that has already had a number of sequels, but only really one sequel connected to the original team who were involved in a film that was poor in terms of horror, never mind the same genre as the first Blair Witch.

Now that other films are coming out using the "actual footage" idea and being accepted by audiences, the Blair Witch duo are thinking that now is the time to produce a proper Blair Witch sequel, is it?

We've already heard that both Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez are thinking about taking the helm of a new Blair Witch and trying to return it to it's former strength, and now they have a new idea and through The Toronto Star and Coming Soon they reveal what the ideas for the story are, and they really are going back to the original film.

One of the most interesting facts about the new pitch that the team are about to take to Lionsgate is that they want to pick up the story from where Blair Witch ended, and just forget the second film, and to that I say perfect.

The moment that The Blair Witch Project ended questions were raised, just what was going on, and was there really a supernatural aspect to the story after all?

Another aspect to the new film that's exciting, if it's picked up that is, is the cast, and the word from the article is that the original cast are slated to return, or at least their characters are - Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael C. Williams.

However, there's a caveat to that as it appears they would only return for small roles, or roles smaller than in the original. To me that sounds like we'll see them return in footage harking back to the first film to uncover more of the story, or perhaps we'll see them in footage that comes after this first film, however they will not be the main focus of the sequel.

"We're at the step where we're about to pitch to Lionsgate, which owns the movie rights now. It's pretty much up to them. They can completely squash it or greenlight it."

The article tells us that neither of the creators are going to be making the same film again, they're going for something different, listen to what they're thinking about for the style of the new film:

Sánchez wants to use a technique he calls "mixed first-person," which would mean less reliance on the Blair Witch innovation - now a cinematic cliché - of having the protagonists speak directly into their fidgety cameras...The closest he's seen to the mixed first-person technique he seeks is District 9.

The technique they have planned is going to be given a trial run first though, perhaps to prove it to Lionsgate that it would work, in Eduardo Sánchez's next low budget horror film called Possessed, and it's something that he says audiences have never seen.

Now I don't believe that for a second. Perhaps it is something new and innovative, but something we've never seen? Ever? I'm not entirely sure that's possible.

Certainly they are considering different options, even going back to the original style, and Sánchez revealed that at an event he asked the audience if they wanted that same style back, and they were keen.

"I asked the crowd, `Who would be turned off by that?' And nobody raised their hand. Then I said, `Who wants to see more shakycam?' And everybody raised their hands. We might have a problem here. We still haven't really decided yet, but instinct-wise it seems that doing the same thing would probably be a mistake."

I think it would be a mistake, and no offence to the audience, but I think they weren't wanting the shaky cam back, and what they actually wanted back was the same feel and tension from the first, the idea that we really were watching these people in the scariest situations imaginable, and it felt like we weren't watching a film, but watching the events unfold for real as they would have.

Now that's what I think they wanted back, not just the same style of camera, but all that feeling.

What do you want for a Blair Witch sequel, and forget the second one, let's pretend that The Blair Witch Project 3 is actually the second film.




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