One of the most shocking and controversial movies of its time, The Blair Witch Project was one of the first films of any kind to use the newly popular web to leverage itself from total obscurity outside the traditional Hollywood frame work to a masterful level of success. The film, shot with amateur equipment that ended up creating something of a new style for movies, created its own mythos and strove to frighten audiences with the general idea that the footage seen in the movie was in fact of a documentary nature rather than fictional. This created a massive uproar that would not be able to be topped by succeeding pictures such as Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity. Word has it that a sequel to 1999’s The Blair Witch Project may currently be in the works from director Eric Sanchez. More than 10 years later, some reviewers still hold something of a grudge against the movie due to the way it was promoted at the time, but Sanchez feels that the timing may be right to bring fans of the original film a new take on the famous hoax.
Should Sanchez succeed at getting a sequel made, he will definitely be facing a far more savvy worldwide film audience than in 1999 when the web was still relatively young and reality TV had not yet hit the total saturation point that it now enjoys. Audiences, especially in the horror genre, have seen quite a bit of shot on video and POV films so Sanchez, who is currently working on Possession would need the sequel would need to be a cut above to really be able to leave its mark, according to many film critics. There may always be room for a new horror film, but without the right twist, The Blair Witch Project would be difficult to build upon, say many fans.