David Gordon Green: From ‘Halloween’ To ‘The Exorcist’?

by Thomas Tuna

David Gordon Green is building himself a horror resume for the ages.

The filmmaker behind 2018’s Halloween–as well as the upcoming Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends–reportedly is in talks to helm the much-rumored (and much-ballyhooed) reboot of The Exorcist from Morgan Creek Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions, according to Variety. There is no word yet regarding the storyline, production schedule or casting for the film.

Just earlier this week, Horror News Network reported that The Exorcist reboot may be treading water. William Friedkin, the director of the 1973 classic original film, shot down a rumor that he was involved in the project. “This isn’t a rumor,” Friedkin tweeted. “It’s a flat-out lie. There’s not enough money or motivation in the world to get me to do this.”

According to reports, Green apparently does not share those sentiments.

If Green does sign on for this reboot, he will face the daunting challenge of reimagining one of filmdom’s truly great horror movies. The original film–directed by Friedkin and scripted by William Peter Blatty–was the first horror entry ever nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award.

The Exorcist–starring Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Jason Miller and Linda Blair–followed a tormented mother’s battle to rescue her 12-year-old daughter from a demonic possession through a terrifying exorcism performed by two priests. The movie–which left an indelible mark on a generation of filmgoers–made it big at the box office, grossing $441 million worldwide on a budget of $12 million.

Green–who co-wrote, directed and produced 2018’s HalloweenHalloween Kills and Halloween Ends–took a circuitous route to helming these horror franchises. His first feature film was 2000’s well-received drama George Washington, and then he took a left turn into comedy from 2008-2011.

Green returned to directing dramatic films in 2013, which led him to the Halloween series.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any and all updates on this latest wrinkle in the continuing saga of this reboot of The Exorcist.

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