Thursday, January 29, 2009

Does Anyone Really Want to See an Extended Cut of The Blair Witch Project?

From slashfilm, Filmmakers Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez would like to release an extended director’s cut of The Blair Witch Project, but Lionsgate isn’t interested.

“There’s plenty of fan interest, though not so much from Lionsgate, but I really would love to put out a two-and-a-half hour version of the movie on DVD; like a Criterion edition with a bunch of extra footage,” Sanchez tells Rotten Tomatoes on the film’s 10th anniversary. “The first time we cut the movie, we knew it was too long — it was about two and a half hours. There’s a lot of good stuff that didn’t make the film. I’m really happy with the film and I think we cut it as well as we could.”

So what would be in the extended cut?

“There’s a great confessional with Mike that didn’t make the movie. He also had this great scene in the woods where he lost his mind, started punching trees, it was really hardcore,” says Myrick. “There’s a really cool poetry reading scene in the hotel they spend the night in where Josh and Mike are duelling with their own poetry. At that point in the film we just had to get them into the woods, so as cool as it was it had to go. They shot so much cool stuff and they rolled on everything. I think we could put together at least another hour of really, really solid footage.”

But does anyone want to see a one-hour-extended version of The Blair Witch Project? Rotten Tomatoes also has some previously unreleased behind the scenes footage from the original film, featuring both the auditions and the process of shooting in the wood.


Dana's Brain said...

I never saw Blair Witch Project...

Landshark said...

It's really good, D.

As for an extended version, I probably wouldn't see it, and it's obviously just an attempt to cash in on the franchise yet again, but compared to most movies that release dumb "extended/unrated" versions these days, Blair Witch is at least a minor classic of a particular type.

Might actually deserve it. Forgetting Sarah Marshall probably didn't!

Octopunk said...

An extra hour with dueling poetry? Oh, bring it on.

I would rather spend two and a half hours in the bus station.