Lionsgate has revealed at San Diego Comic-Con that its film The Woods is actually a sequel to cult horror hit The Blair Witch Project (1999) – and that it will be officially released with the title Blair Witch.
The film follows a group of college students (of course) who venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a girl who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. As the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realise the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.
Blair Witch is directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett, who previously worked together on You’re Next and The Guest. The film stars James Allen McCune (Shameless), Callie Hernandez (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series), Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry (The Following), Corbin Reid and Wes Robinson.
There was a previous sequel to The Blair Witch Project, the woefully ill-conceived Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000) which bore amount as much relation to the original film as it did to Bananaman. It wasn’t even found footage.
Blair Witch is set to be released in the UK on 16 September.