The Blair Witch Project 3: Interview
Interview by By Clint Morris
Interview with Dan Myrick
Prepping the forthcoming Blair Witch 3 film.
Not too long ago, a small independent film
called The Blair Witch Project shattered box
office records, in turn becoming the most profitable independent film
in history. Haxan Film's Dan Myrick, one half of the original team to
see their vision reach the multiplex, and also one sharer of the $200
Million plus gross.
Dan Myrik and Eduardo Sanchez
"It gave me a career", Myrick says. "Before
Blair, I was just another 'no budget' filmmaker in Orlando".
'No Budget' he may have been - but that
didn't stop Blair Witch from eating up everything
in it's path, and Myrick becoming one of the most sought after Horror
Helmers in Tinseltown.
"We were offered a lot of horror projects",
tells Myrick. "Some were okay, but most didn't interest us much. Ed
(Sanchez) and I really wanted to go on to something different, even if
it took a while to wait for the right time and project."
With so many horror sequels getting
commissioned, it's little news that the Haxan team was offered a
couple. "We were offered to do Exorcist 4 and
passed. It's tough to follow up classics, so I'd rather come up with
something new." Myrick says. The director also let know he is a fan of
"Godzilla", but that's how he's going to stay. As a fan, not a helmer.
The film that Myrick's heart and soul has
been immersed in the last couple of years is a romantic comedy called Heart
of Love, but there's still no indication that the film is
nearing any closer to production. "It's being shopped around with the
hope a someone will back the film. It's a tough sell, because it's such
an off the wall comedy, but we'd love to get a chance to make it happen
with the right studio behind us," says Myrick.
After the success of the original Blair
Witch Project, the studios wanted more. Unfortunately, it was
all a little too soon for Myrick and Sanchez. So a sequel, Book
of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 was prepped without them.
"We really had no involvement with it and
would rather have had Artisan (the distributor who made the film) wait
until all the buzz around Blair died down", he
says. "Personally, I didn't like it", he confirms.
As much as he loathed the second Blair Witch
film, Myrick recently announced plans to head back into the woods to do
a third Blair Witch film, which he is prepping as we
speak, but stresses that it's a long way off.
"Right now all we've committed to is
exploring the possibility of doing a prequel to Blair"
says Myrick. "We don't have a script written yet, so it's impossible to
tell right now, but the budget will most certainly be higher than the
first." He adds.
And although he says casting hasn't started
yet, he would love Steve Martin to be in one of his movies. If it ends
up Blair Witch 3, I think I'd shell out twice the
money to see it.
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