The Blair Witch Project is the latest horror movie franchise that may be coming to the small screen where it would join Scream, The Exorcist, Evil Dead, and others. In a recent interview with Diminishing Returns podcast, Blair Witch co-creator Eduardo Sanchez revealed that the story may soon find its way to TV.
For us, it’s a very natural thing to go and say, ‘Hey, let’s do a frickin’ Blair Witch show’ You can say it’s from the original creators and we can bring in a whole bunch of interesting directors to direct episodes.
I think that the idea of a Blair Witch anthology has always been very – just a really interesting thing. You’re close. You’re in the ballpark. You know, and I think it might be one of those things that might be – you know – the more you think about it, you’re like, ‘That might be the perfect… a TV show.’ You know? So, we’ll see what happens, but I think that’s the next big thing for Blair Witch. Probably TV.
During the interview, Sanchez also revealed to Diminishing Returns that he no longer owns the rights to The Blair Witch Project. Instead, the rights to the franchise are owned by Lionsgate.
Made for just $60,000, The Blair Witch Project was released in 1999, went on to earn an awesome global sum of $248.6 million, and kick-started the found footage sub-genre of horror. A year later, audiences didn’t respond so positively to Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. The sequel earned only $47.7 million and had a budget of $15 million. The series was revived in 2016 with Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch, which was a minor financial success. The film had a smaller production budget of $5 million and earned $45.5 million.
It sounds like Sanchez envisions the series as an anthology where each episode would be a standalone story. Regardless of what form it takes, I would love to see Blair Witch on the small screen. What about you? Let us know in the comments below!