During this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, it was revealed that the highly influential horror film The Blair Witch Project will be getting a sequel.
The news was announced rather unexpectedly during theatre screening, where Lionsgate revealed elusively-titled horror flick The Woods to in fact be a sequel for the 1999 cult classic.
The sequel, titled Blair Witch, is due out in cinemas this September, and will be set in the present day. Similar to The Blair Witch Project, the film revolves around a band of film students, who venture into Black Hills Forest in Maryland to capture footage for class. Amongst them is James, the brother of the original’s Heather Donahue, who is dedicated to solving the mystery behind his sister’s disappearance.
Until now, the film has remained very much a secret, having operated under working title The Woods to avoid spoiling the surprise. The found-footage follow-up even went so far as to produce posters for The Woods, which lined the theater prior to the screening, before being swapped out for Blair Witch ones during the preview.
Adam Wingard – the director behind You’re Next and The Guest – was at the helm of the film’s creation. According to a Deadline report, fan reactions were reasonably promising; a reassuring notion, given the relatively lukewarm reception stirred by the latest entry in the Blair Witch saga: Book of Shadows.
Blair Witch hits cinemas on 16 September 2016.