Haxan team haunting separately
When a week brings both the end of Artisan Entertainment and the return of former Artisan prexy Bill Block, you have to wonder: whatever happened to the “Blair Witch” guys, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez?
Remember them? They were the filmmakers whose Haxan Films made that little home movie, “The Blair Witch Project.” After earning $242 million worldwide, it inspired Artisan to make an embarrassingly bad sequel that Myrick and Sanchez neither wrote nor directed.
Meanwhile, the Haxan boys were inspired to hire attorney Bert Fields when Artisan didn’t appear to be giving them a fair share of profits.
The filmmakers received a cash settlement of more than $25 million, as well as the promise that Artisan would distribute their next pic, the comedy spoof “Heart of Love,” and would finance a “Blair Witch” prequel over which Sanchez and Myrick would have creative control.
That was nearly three years ago. Since then, however, only the payout has come to fruition.
“Heart of Love” is no longer beating and the two filmmakers aren’t interested in revisiting the “Blair Witch” phenomenon.
Myrick lives in Pasadena, Sanchez in Maryland. They’re still pals, but they’re working on their own projects, none of which are set up in Hollywood as yet.
Bottom line: They’re rich and happy, thanks. Next question?