Wingard’s “The Woods” Actually “Blair Witch” Reboot Project

In an entirely unexpected move Lionsgate has announced that director Adam Wingard’s upcoming The Woods is actually a direct sequel to 1999’s breakaway horror hit The Blair Witch Project.  The revelation was unearthed during the film’s screening at San Diego Comic Con, where fans walked into the theater assuming to see another run-of-the-mill found footage horror flick, only to be surprised when the opening credits revealed the film’s real title: Blair Witch.

Blair Witch is said to pick up a few years after the events of the first film when one of its characters uncovers footage that shows his sister Heather Donahue, the lead focus of the original film.  In search for answers the group enters into the Black Hills Forest in Burkittsville, Maryland where three filmmakers disappeared 20 years ago.  They quickly realize that the Blair Witch legend is all too real as they are visited by a malicious evil presence.

Lionsgate is hoping that the new film will reboot the popular franchise that faltered with 2000’s prequel Book of Shadows.  The unexpected project marks a fantastic marking ploy that worked out well for Paramount’s10 Cloverfield Lane earlier this year.  The trailer, which was just released by the studio, is dark and boasts a strong blend of the original film with that of Neil Marshall’s 2005 The Descent.

Reception after the Conic Con screening was upbeat and positive with many fans claiming that Wingard has returned the franchise to its roots.  We’ll all get a chance to critique the sequel when it hits theaters on September 16th.


About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.

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