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Petition Lionsgate for an Extended Version of "The Blair Witch Project"

[UPDATE 3/1/2017] Eduardo Sánchez Requested We Re-Launch the Petition for a Second Round of Signatures. If You Haven’t Signed, Now Is Your Chance!

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 (akin to the original pre-theatrical cuts) 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. 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.
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Start a petition . . . if I can get enough interest from the fans, I can bring it to Lionsgate Films’ attention.”

This official petition to Lionsgate Films is the joint effort of Eduardo Sánchez and the Blair Witch fan community. The success of this project depends on the worldwide support of fans and the film industry. Here’s how you can help:

  • Share this link on your social media accounts (Hashtag #BlairWitchPetition)
  • Post 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’ve Never Seen”
  • If you are in the film industry and would like us to highlight a quote from you, please reach out to us on Facebook
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At the request of Eduardo Sánchez we are opening up the petition for another round of signatures. If you haven’t already signed the petition then now is your chance!

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Signatures

Below are the signatures and comments collected to date for The Blair Witch Petition:

Total Records Found: 2614, showing 25 per page
First NameCountryComment
James USA Because this will make a great film only greater!!
Bobby United States One of the greatest horror movies of recent memory (maybe not that recent anymore). I would love to see a new cut of it.
Noah Nederland I've been confused for too long.
Christopher United States There maybe more stories & more about The Blair Witch. There might be a couple more night raid attacks by The Blair Witch. Maybe we can see Mike really kick the map into the river. Maybe there is a sex scene!
Reed USA As someone who grew up in the woods of the Northeast USA, the Blair Witch scared the life out of me when I saw it in the theater. Those events could literally have been taking place in the forest behind my childhood home. If there's more to see, PLEASE let us see it!
Dimitri USA Totally freaked me out as a kid and still has a powerful effect. Would be great to see more of the history and more terrifying scenes.
Rachel United States release it please!
Joe USA I probably can't say anything that hasn't been said dozens of times already, but as one of the earliest and best examples of the found-footage sub-genre, The Blair Witch Project is an important lesson for aspiring film-makers, and an extended version would give viewers even more to learn.
Shane USA I've been wanting to see the original cut for almost 20 years. This needs to happen. Even if it's not the original cut, an extended version would still be amazing.
Kyle United States Can we at least give one of the most talked about movies of all time a proper Blu Ray release w/ deleted footage and extras...? Or can you guys just forfeit the release rights to Scream Factory who will surely give Blair Witch its due...?
Paul USA Curiosity. I'm a defender of the original movie, it was a game changer when it was released.
Sarah Uk It would be amazing! We deserve it. Plus in 2019 its the 20th anniversary!
Diego Paraguay Because i need it
Jeff USA I was a fan from the days of the online message boards, a full year before BWP was released. This would be a great treat to see more footage!
Alexis United Kingdom The Blair Witch Project is one of my favourite horror films of all time and I see it as a model example of a defining moment in the genre. It would be great to see a prolonged build up of the electric atmosphere, showing new aspects of their relationships and new horrors in the woods. In fact, simply having more moments of tension in the woods with new psychological aspects would be thrilling to experience. Such a cult film should deserve further exploration of the source material to surpass the limitation of the theatrical release and provide a longer, more fulfilling experience for fans.
Jake United States Because I want to see it! lol
hannah us I have been looking forward to this since the original release of the original. This release would re-awaken fans' passion and bring new fans into the blair witch universe.
Lena Russia JOOSHHH!!!
Jason Usa Silly question, because it was ahead of its time and a milestone in cinema. Not to mention the writing was brilliant and overall it just kicks ass.
terence england Love the film and would love to see what we have all missed in all these years.
Antonii Mexico It's a great film, if there's is more to see, let's see it!!
Adam United States I can always use more Blair Witch in my life.
Caulen USA The Blair Witch Project as it was released in theaters was a groundbreaking horror film. To see more of it would be phenomenal; and with that much extra footage it would be a shame to not use any of it for an additional version or versions.
Skylar USA .
Max United States The Blair Witch Project is brilliant and I opine that an extended version is very much in order after 18 years.

 

The Blair Witch Project (1999) - Found Footage Films Movie Fanart (Found Footage Horror)

The Blair Witch Project (1999) - Found Footage Films Movie Fanart (Found Footage Horror)

What Industry Insiders are Saying

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.”

Dean Alioto, Director The McPherson Tape (1989), Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (1998) – “Having made two found footage films of my own before Blair Witch Project, I didn’t realize what an exciting new genre I was working in until I saw Blair Witch. Would love to see the raw, uncut, version of BWP!”

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!”

Tom Jorgensen, Director St. Osmund’s (2013) – “The Blair Witch Project isn’t just a horror masterpiece, it’s a cinematic landmark. To get an extended cut of the movie would help fans and filmmakers for decades to come get a more complete understanding of this piece of cinema history.”

Johnny Macabre, Owner, TheBlood-Shed – “Blair Witch is one of the most important movies in the horror history. Few other films have changed the genre upside down like this film about 3 kids in the woods with a camera.”

Jay Kay, Host, Horror Happens Radio, HorrorHappens.com – “It’s not a question on where this film belongs and sits on the list of the most influential horror films and found footage in history…  It is the list and has been a hallmark of what horror has been about for the last 15 years that will extend with this needed footage .”

Doc Rotten, Owner, Gruesome Magazine, Host of Horror News Radio – “16 years ago, The Blair Witch Project scared me silly. As a fan of found footage films, an Extended Director’s Cut would scare me even more today!”

‘Tweek’, Owner BlairWitch.net – “Dying to see the rest of the story. The more footage the better. Fans have wanted this for years. Let’s make this happen.”

Rob Hauschild, Owner, Wild Eye Releasing – “The Blair Witch Project is a milestone for independent horror. Every unseen frame should be made available for fans and filmmakers alike.”

Nicolas Sébastien Landais, Director On Vous Ment (Mockumentary Film Festival, France) – “Like many people, The Blair Witch Project was the first Found Footage movie I watched. Now is the perfect time to rediscover this cult found footage classic in a very new way.”

Dustin Austen, Showrunner, Haunted World of CW – “Seeing an extended version of Blair Witch would be a revelation to film students and cinema fans alike. This version needs to be seen.”

Gav Chuckie Steel, Director Preternatural (2015) – “The Blair Witch Project is legendary in the found footage genre. To NOT see a longer cut is almost criminal.”

Javier Attridge, Director Wekufe: The Origin of Evil (2016) – “Just to think of an extended version of “The Blair Witch Project” gives me Goosebumps; this movie has inspired so many of us to go beyond the just making of a movie.”

John Heatz, Owner GamersSphere.com – “Such an iconic horror movie as The Blair Witch Project deserves an extended cut, even if it is 16 years later”

Michael Varrati, Screenwriter Tales of Poe (2014), Flesh for the Inferno (2015) – “The preservation and presentation of this additional footage would be a boon to horror fans and a great addition to the Blair Witch legacy.”

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