Blair Witch 3 Planned

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There will be a third “Blair Witch” movie, despite
lackluster interest in last fall’s second installment of the horror
franchise.


Artisan Entertainment plans to go ahead with a “Blair Witch” prequel,
said Amir Malin, who heads the independent distributor that acquired “The
Blair Witch Project” at the Sundance Film Festival in 1999.



After the movie became a sensation that summer, Artisan announced it would
release a sequel in late 2000 and the prequel by fall of 2001. In a phone
interview, Malin said Artisan now plans to take more time on the third
movie, with hopes to get it in theaters by 2002.

The prequel will tell the early history of the witch legend at the center
of the previous two movies.

“Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2” took a drubbing from critics last October
and grossed just $26 million domestically, less than a fifth of the
business the first movie did.

Artisan still will turn a good profit on the sequel, but the returns might
have been greater if the movie had not been such a rush job, Malin
said.

“We set a target to have it in theaters for Halloween of 2000,” Malin
said. “Had we had more time with the film, it would have been more
successful.”

3 replies on “Blair Witch 3 Planned”

  1. Stevis says:

    Involvement of the original filmmakers?
    Now, would it hurt that much if they got the original filmmakers on board? especially if they’re going to delve into mythology with a prequel…that’s about the only way it would have remotely enough credibility to draw interest (I certainly avoided #2 like the plague…)

    Stevis

  2. fiziko says:

    Game prequel
    Wasn’t there a PlayStation game that’s also a prequel? I’m sure I saw it reviewed on Electric Playground. They do have the original filmmakers on board to get the story right, so the “correct” version will certainly be available to the general public before the movie gets finished. The only way to make this original would be to throw out the background the original filmmakers prepared, which is probably not a good thing…

    I’d comment more, but I have yet to see either movie. I might get around to watching the original some day.

  3. Dave says:

    Gamez
    I’m not sure if there was a Playstation game that made the claim, but there are currently THREE PC games set in the Blair Witch mythology. “Volume III: The Elly Kedward Tale” (IIRC) is set during the late 17th century. One centers on Rustin Parr, the original killer from the 1940s. I don’t recall where/when the third game is set.

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