For all of us who thought the horrors of the “The Blair Witch Project” were something of our long-forgotten past, think again.
It was revealed that the upcoming film, “The Woods,” is actually a sequel to the 1999 mystery horror film during a screening at Comic-Con on Friday night. It is now titled “Blair Witch.”
“‘The Woods’ was our working title,” said director Adam Wingard to EW. “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.”
Despite some similarities in the previously released trailer for “The Woods,” no one seemed to make a connection to the “Blair Witch” franchise.
“It was almost like a ‘Star Wars’-level secrecy process,” producer Keith Calder told USA Today.
“Blair Witch” doesn’t stray far from its roots of documentary style footage that made it so popular. The original told the story of three student filmmakers who disappeared in the Black Hills of Maryland while documenting the local legend of the Blair Witch.
This time around, James Allen McCune stars as the brother of Heather Donahue, one of the filmmakers who disappeared in the first film, as he recruits a group of college kids to set out and find what happened to his sister.
The film opens in theaters September 16.
Watch the new trailer above.