Petition Lionsgate for an Extended Version of “The Blair Witch Project”

Oren Peli, Director Paranormal Activity (2007) – “As a long-time fan of found-footage movies and Blair Witch Project, I would love to see an extended version released!”

Jamie Nash, Writer Lovely Molly (2011), V/H/S/2 (2013), Exists (2014) – “BWP was a master class in ‘leave ’em wanting more’. We want more! Show us!”

Brad Miska, Bloody Disgusting – “I think it would be a really interesting experiment and exercise in filmmaking. Recutting the found footage film that started it all AFTER 15 years after the evolution of the Subgenre would be so surreal.”

Amanda Gusack, Director In Memorium (2004) – “I would love to see an extended edition. Blair Witch gives me chills to this day.”

James Cullen Bressack, Director Hate Crime (2012), To Jennifer (2013), Pernicious (2014) – “An extended edition of Blair Witch would be amazing. I remember the first time I saw the film was with a group of friends and everyone thought it was real!”

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The filming of The Blair Witch Project generated over 19 hours of usable footage. This raw footage was edited down to the 90-minute theatrical version we all know today. For diehard fans, the coveted 19 plus hours of unseen footage is the holy grail of Blair Witch lore.

On the latest episode of our Found Footage Files podcast [written transcript] we interviewed Eduardo Sánchez, co-creator of The Blair Witch Project (1999) and executive producer of the much-anticipated sequel, Blair Witch (2016). We’re excited to report that Sánchez is eager to create an extended version of The Blair Witch Project using the untapped raw footage from the original 1999 film:

“In a couple of weeks I could probably take the original movie and edit a longer version. I know the fans are like ‘everybody wants to see it’ . . . it would be cool to do, honestly. I wouldn’t hesitate to do that if Lionsgate Films hired me. I think it would a lot of fun.

“Start a petition . . . if I can get enough interest from the fans, I can bring it to Lionsgate Films’ attention.”

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The petition is now live and we need HORROR FANS LIKE YOU to sign and support it!

After signing it, please support it by:

-Sharing it on your social media accounts (Hashtag #BlairWitchPetition)
-Posting this link in relevant forums
-If you write for a website, please link this petition
-Use the banner below for linking with the catch phrases “Release the Footage!” and “The Version You NEVER Got to See”

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You can find the petition and more information at:

http://foundfootagecritic.com/blair-witch-petition

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