A little over a year ago, we reported that Eduardo Sanchez (THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT) had been working on the idea of creating a bigfoot film (a trilogy in fact). News at the time was:

Eduardo Sanchez – the co-director of The Blair Witch Project – is jumping into Bigfoot lore with a planned film trilogy.

The director will helm EXISTS, a project he penned with his Seventh Moon scribe Jamie Nash.

WETA and Spectral Motion are teaming up to create Bigfoot (whoa!) and shooting is expected to begin this fall just outside of Austin, Texas. Sanchez says EXISTS will be the first film in a trilogy that explores and re-invents the Bigfoot myth and, as he says, make Bigfoot “scary again.”

Creature performer Brian Steele (Predators, Hellboy) will play the legendary monster.

At SDCC, Sanchez released further information on a project that, personally, I’ve been drooling over since I first heard about it. Here is what he had to say:

From Haxan Films and Amber Entertainment, The Blair Witch Project and Lovely Molly director Eduardo Sanchez is currently in post production on EXISTS, his found footage Bigfoot movie starring Brian Steele, Dora Madison Burge, Samuel Davis, Roger Edwards, Chris Osborn and Denise Williamson.

Penned by Sanchez and Jamie Nash, the horror pic follows a group of twentysomethings who take a trip to a cabin deep in the wooded wilderness and are methodically hunted by a Bigfoot-like beast. 

Our main focus in EXISTS was the creature itself which was designed by Spectral Motion,” says producer Jane Fleming at the San Diego Comic-Con. “It’s basically the kind of effects work you’d find in a big budget movie in our small scale film. Actor Brian Steele plays our creature and he is amazing.

Sanchez shot the film found footage style, his first film of the like since Blair Witch Project and we’ve been assured that in the movie the creature will be anything but out of focus and hidden. “The creature is front and center and you see a lot it,” says producer Mark Ordesky. “fans of bigfoot movies are going to be really happy with what we’ve created.

This movie harkens back to the earlier and really creepy Bigfoot films that scared me as a child like The Legend of Boggy Creek,” Sanchez added. “Everything we’ve seen of Bigfoot has been from the first-person view such as the Patterson film when you see him moving through the woods. That’s why this particular subject is ideal t shoot from the found footage perspective.

In terms of the rating Ordesky said, “We’re not tailoring the movie for any particular rating, but contextually alone it definitely lends itself to an R rating.” The film wrapped three weeks ago and is now in post. The inside word is that it’ll start making its rounds sometime around late to early 2013.

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