Taking a page from J.J. Abrams’ “10 Cloverfield Lane” playbook, Lionsgate managed to keep under wraps until Friday that director Adam Wingard’s “The Woods” is actually a sequel to the 1997 horror hit “The Blair Witch Project.”
Wingard removed the veil at Comic-Con International in San Diego, revealing the film’s new title — simply “Blair Witch” — as well as a full-length trailer. “Oh man I can finally say the words Blair Witch out loud without feeling paranoid that im leaking the secret haha!” he tweeted last night.
In the film, which arrives Sept. 16, a group of college students ventures into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister, who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.
Known for such films as “You’re Next” and “The Guest,” Wingard is currently directing the Netflix adaptation of “Death Note.”
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