Lionsgate’s The Woods gets an official trailer and reveals a surprising new title
At yesterday’s Comic-Con event, Lionsgate released a new trailer for Adam Wingard’s The Woods, revealing that the film is actually a direct sequel to The Blair Witch Project, aptly titled Blair Witch. The film was written Simon Barrett, who previously collaborated with Wingard on You’re Next and The Guest. The found footage film stars James Allen McCune (Shameless), who sets out to discover what happened to his long missing sister, Heather Donahue, a character from the original 1999 horror film. The new footage reveals that the film is not just a sequel, but is also reminiscent of the original in style and looks equally terrifying.
“The Woods was our working title.When we signed on to it, we knew that [the name] was eventually going to be changed. To us, it wasn’t even going to be part of the marketing. But I think Lionsgate made a really smart decision, using that.” Wingard told EW.
The official synopsis from Lionsgate: “A group of college students venture 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.”
View the official trailer and new poster below:
In addition to James Allen McCune, the film stars Valorie Curry (The Following), Callie Hernandez (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series), Brandon Scott (Grey’s Anatomy), Wes Robinson (American Dreams), and Corbin Reid (Words With Girls).
Blair Witch will debut in theaters on September 16th, 2016.
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