Entertainment Weekly exclusively reports that Lionsgate’s upcoming horror film, The Woods, is actually a new, and previously secret, sequel to the 1999 horror classic The Blair Witch Project.
The synopsis for Blair Witch is as follows:
A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.
The film has been directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett, whose previous collaborations include 2013’s home invasion horror-comedy You’re Next and the Dan Stevens 80’s synth inspired thriller The Guest. The film screened last night at San Diego Comic Con whilst it was still billed as The Woods.
Adam Wingard said:
The Woods was our working title. When we signed on to it, we knew that (the name) was eventually going to be changed. To us, it wasn’t even going to be part of the marketing. But I think Lionsgate made a really smart decision, using that.
President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Jason Constantine said:
It really has been fascinating, all the CIA-level security that we have put around this project, from the very beginning. I’ve been at Lionsgate for 16 years, and I’ve had the privilege of working on a lot of movies that I love, and are a lot of fun: horror movies, and action movies, and Oscar movies. But 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’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.
Blair Witch stars Valorie Curry, Callie Hernandez, James Allen McCune, Brandon Scott, Wes Robinson and Corbin Reid.
Blair Witch is scheduled for cinematic release on the 16th September 2016.