Back in late 2017, rumors began flowing that The Blair Witch Project might end up seeing a reboot for television, with Eduardo Sanchez, the movie’s co-creator (along with Daniel Myrick), telling an interviewer he was eyeing an anthology-style series set in the world of the original movie. Now it looks as if the Blair Witch TV idea is no longer a rumor.
Deadline is reporting that Lionsgate, which already owns the movie rights, has green-lighted a Blair Witch series to help bolster the lineup for Studio L, Lionsgate’s forthcoming subscription digital platform.
Early details are super light. Lionsgate has yet to reveal whether the new show will follow Sanchez’ original idea for an anthology, and there’s no early word on the creative team behind making it happen.
Sanchez’ vision for a Blair Witch show involved lining up a revolving door of creative talent to spin a variety of horror tales, each with its own point of view.
“For us, it’s a very natural thing to go and say ‘Hey, let’s do a frickin’ Blair Witch show and you can say it’s from the original creators and we can bring in a whole bunch of interesting directors to direct episodes,’” he told the Diminishing Returns podcast in 2017.
Although The Blair Witch Project hit theaters all the way back in 1999, Studio L is folding it into a brand strategy that takes aim at millennial viewers. Seth Laderman, the studio’s executive vice president, announced the launch of the new streaming service with a “commitment to finding stand-out material, incubating new talent, and delivering authentic storytelling.”
The new streaming service reportedly will be available soon — as in, really soon. According to Deadline's report, Studio L already has “three features set to bow this spring along with episodic projects in development,” including the Blair Witch series.
Do you think a Blair Witch show has potential? More importantly, what’s the best way to approach it? Should Studio L follow Sanchez’ anthology model, create an episodic serial — or perhaps try something completely different? Anyone up for a Blair Witch cartoon show? A musical? Let us know in the comments.