Ready for some head-turning horror?
David Gordon Green–director of Halloween Ends (which hits theaters and Peacock this Friday, Oct. 14)–is already switching gears big time as he prepares to head full-on into his next horror project: the first of three planned sequels to the 1973 classic The Exorcist.
Variety recently caught up with the busy filmmaker and asked about the progress on the sequel that’s expected to hit theaters late next year. Check out the video on this page for his reaction.
#HalloweenEnds director David Gordon Green on working on #TheExorcist reboot: "[I'm] honored to step into something that's so valuable within cinema history." https://t.co/JnGDnAmRBE pic.twitter.com/ZbAZ3unAmk
— Variety (@Variety) October 12, 2022
“We start in a couple of weeks,” Green said, “ready to roll up our sleeves and dive into the next great franchise. We’ve got an amazing cast coming together and scripts we’re all excited about.”
Green added that 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 director said this project is “exciting because I spent so much of my life making movies, and you’re just begging for an audience to tune in and buy tickets. With this, I’ve got stories to tell, an imagination to express, and the way I can do that within these movies is an incredible opportunity.”
The first sequel–starring Leslie Odom Jr., Ann Dowd and the returning Ellen Burstyn–deals with “the father (Odom) of a possessed child, who tracks down Chris MacNeil (Burstyn).” No other plot details have been announced, and Dowd’s character has not been revealed.
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, and is slated for an Oct. 13, 2023 theatrical release.
The original The Exorcist--directed by William Friedkin from a screenplay by William Peter Blatty–follows 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 The Exorcist sequels.