Posted at 6:01 PM on June 21, 2007
by Euan Kerr
Daniel Myrick did well out of "The Blair Witch Project." He says that he went from not being able to pay his phone bill to what he describes as "a middle class lifestyle."
"I'm sorry, did you say middle class?" Messner asked. "I think you were a little bit past that."
IMDB.com says "Blair Witch" cost $60,000 to make, and pulled down $140,530,114 at the US box office between August 1st and November 7th 1999. That's real money, and Myrick says his share has allowed him to be picky about what he does.
"Believers" is the latest project he is doing with Raw Feed, a company working with Warner Home Video to produce movies intended to go straight to video.
"But isn't that an insult?" asked the tremulous journalist.
"That is so 1998" spat Messner.
Myrick stepped in and said he believes escaping the economic pressures of a theatrical release (which Messner claims includes hiring name actors and then molding characters to their personas rather than vice-versa) gives him huge creative freedom.
"Believers" will hit the video stores on October after a trip round the festival circuit. It's not going to make Blair Witch numbers, but it'll probably do well enough to allow Daniel Myrick a few more turns in the directors chair.