Reel TV: Potential 'Blair Witch' TV Series; 'Quantum Leap' Creator Wrote a Film Version

Reel TV: Potential 'Blair Witch' TV Series; 'Quantum Leap' Creator Wrote a Film Version

Nov 01, 2017

The Blair Witch Project

Few horror films have made as big an impact as The Blair Witch Project. Released in 1999, it jump-started the "found footage” subgenre that is still popular to this day. It is also notable for being one of the most profitable films of all-time, grossing $248 million at the box office on a minuscule budget of $60,000. After two moderately successful film sequels (Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 in 2000 and Blair Witch last year), it sounds like the next step for the series might actually be to the small screen.

The Blair Witch Project codirector Eduardo Sánchez made a guest appearance on this week’s episode of the Diminishing Returns podcast, where he said, "For us, it’s a very natural thing to go and say, ‘Hey, let’s do a frickin’ Blair Witch show.’ You can say it’s from the original creators and we can bring in a whole bunch of interesting directors to direct episodes.”

Getting “interesting directors” together to churn out found footage stories reminds me of the V/H/S series, in which Sanchez directed a memorable segment featuring a zombie at the park. Sanchez did not reveal many details, but danced around one possibility: “I think that the idea of a Blair Witch anthology has always been very – just a really interesting thing. You’re close. You’re in the ballpark.”

Quantum Leap

In the other lane of traffic we have a TV show that might see its next iteration on the big screen. The ‘90s sci-fi series Quantum Leap has a loyal fanbase; TV Guide named it one of the "Top Cult Shows Ever." Created by Donald P. Bellisario, it centered on physicist Dr. Sam Beckett (played by Scott Bakula), who traversed spacetime to right historical wrongs. The high concept show ran for five seasons on NBC.

Entertainment Weekly moderated a conversation with Bellisario and Bakula at L.A. Comic-Con over the weekend. When pressed on the possibility of a reboot, Bellisario casually revealed, “I just finished writing a Quantum Leap feature. I don’t know what’s going to happen with it, but I did write it.” He later added, “I’m entertained the same way the audience is. So I just put Scott and Dean [Stockwell] in my head, kind of rebooted them, and went from there.”

This is undoubtedly exciting news for Quantum Leap fans. The original series ended with (spoiler alert!) the doctor not returning to the present. Now, the creator himself has a feature length adventure re-exploring the characters. Not all scripts see the light of day, but maybe Dr. Beckett can make things happen just one more time…

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