‘Exorcist’ Sequel Star Calls Installment “Really Scary”

by Thomas Tuna

Possession is really nine-tenths of the law here.

The first of three planned sequels to the 1973 horror classic The Exorcist has started production, and one of the film’s stars had a good report on what he’s seen so far.

The first film–directed by David Gordon Green (the most recent Halloween trilogy)–stars Leslie Odom Jr., Ann Dowd and the returning Ellen Burstyn in a tale that deals with “the father (Dowd) of a possessed child who tracks down Chris MacNeil (Burstyn),” according to the very brief logline.

No other plot details have yet been revealed, but this week, Odom Jr. told Deadline the filming has been “very exciting. We’re on Week 4 now. I’m having ball with David (Gordon Green), and I hope and believe we’re making something really scary and fun. But also meaningful and deep.”

The film–from Universal Pictures, Blumhouse and Peacock–is helmed by Green from a screenplay he wrote with Scott Teems, Danny McBride and Peter Sattler. The feature is slated for an Oct. 13, 2023 theatrical release.

Green said he’s “honored to step into something that’s so valuable within cinema history. And knowing there’s a fan base that’s curious, aware, alert and concerned to see what we’re up to.”

The original The Exorcist–directed  by William Friedkin from a screenplay by William Peter Blatty–follows (as all horror fans know) a mother’s struggles to save her 12-year-old daughter from demonic possession through an exorcism performed by two priests. The film was the first horror movie nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award.

Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on this sequel to The Exorcist.


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