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Blair Witch Reimaging Coming From Lionsgate and Blumhouse

On the heels of their collaboration on the horror film Imaginary, Lionsgate and Blumhouse today announced that they will partner on the development and production of a new The Blair Witch Project as the first film in a multi-picture pact with Blumhouse reimagining horror classics from the Lionsgate library.

Adam Fogelson, chair of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, and Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse, made the announcement today.

Blair Witch Reimaging Coming From Lionsgate and Blumhouse

Based at Universal Pictures, where it has a first-look deal, Blumhouse has generated blockbuster results from a string of modestly budgeted films, including the Paranormal Activity franchise, Insidious, The Purge, Sinister, Halloween, Five Nights at Freddy’s, and M3GAN, along with award winners Get Out and BlacKkKlansman. Blumhouse films have grossed nearly $6 billion at the worldwide box office.

Jason Blum will team with producer Roy Lee on the new The Blair Witch Project; Lee previously produced the 2016 film Blair Witch.

“I have been incredibly fortunate to work with Jason many times over the years. We forged a strong relationship on The Purge when I was at Universal, and we launched STX with his film The Gift. There is no one better at this genre than the team at Blumhouse,” said Fogelson.

“We are thrilled to kick this partnership off with a new vision for Blair Witch that will reintroduce this horror classic for a new generation. We couldn’t be more pleased to be working with them on this and other projects we look forward to revealing soon.”

“I’m very grateful to Adam and the team at Lionsgate for letting us play in their sandbox. I’m a huge admirer of The Blair Witch Project, which brought the idea of found-footage horror to mainstream audiences and became a true cultural phenomenon,” said Blum.

“I don’t think there would have been a Paranormal Activity had there not first been a Blair Witch, so this feels like a truly special opportunity, and I’m excited to see where it leads.”

The first film, The Blair Witch Project, was released in 1999. It became a worldwide blockbuster, taking in $248 million and spawning two additional franchise films. Lionsgate currently operates Escape Blair Witch, one of Las Vegas’s most popular escape room experiences.