You weren’t expecting this where you?
A sequel to 90s horror hit The Blair Witch Project has been made in secret and will be heading to cinemas this September.
Directed by The Guest’s Adam Wingard, the horror film kept the lid on its identity by going under the name The Woods throughout development and production. Now, the secret is out after a world premiere screening at Comic-Con over the weekend.
“It really has been fascinating, all the CIA-level security that we have put around this project, from the very beginning,” Lionsgate’s Jason Constantine told EW of the film.
“Never have we ever set out to make a reboot movie, and keep it in total secrecy, with a brand that’s as well known to the public as this one.
“It really has been fascinating, all the CIA-level security that we have put around this project.”
“It’s incredible to think about how many people needed to know about it to bring this movie to life – and yet we ended up not having any leaks in that regard.
“We live in an age where it’s harder and harder for a movie to be a genuine surprise for an audience, because of the internet, because of Twitter, because of all the discussions that can happen online.”
The storyline centres around a group of college students heading into the forest that claimed the original trio of documentary filmmakers back in the 1999 movie. One of the team, who handily wield cameras to crate that signature shaky-cam effect, happens to be the brother of Heather Donahue’s character.
Early reviews from Comic-Con look promising. IndieWire‘s Ben Travers said that Wingard has “created the exact follow-up fans wanted in the early 2000s when Book of Shadows dropped instead”.
He’s of course referring to Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, the forgotten 2000 sequel that ditched the found footage formula that worked so well with the first film and subsequently tanked at the box office.
Things look a lot more promising as far as the new Blair Witch is concerned. Get a taste of what to expect from the trailer below…