‘The Exorcist’ Is Written–And It’s A Sequel, Not A Reboot

by Thomas Tuna

The vision for the newest entry in The Exorcist canon is now a bit clearer–David Gordon Green’s take on the classic horror film will be a sequel to the 1973 original.

Rumors and reports have swirled around the project from Blumhouse Productions and Morgan Creek Entertainment for some time now. Would it be a reboot…or a sequel? The director himself recently answered that question, according to JoBlo.com.

Green in an interview revealed that “The Exorcist has been written. That was one of my pandemic projects. And it’s not inaccurate (that it will be a sequel to the original film).”

The filmmaker added that he is a fan of all the previous films in the franchise. “Not only do I like them,” he said, “but I think they can all fall into the acceptable mythology for what I’m doing. They’re all fine, and I enjoy all of them.”

Green–currently wrapping up the Halloween franchise–said The Exorcist is “another fun legacy to be a part of. This one is a lot of research, rather than just impulsive screenwriting. But it was very exhilarating to be involved in.”

Jason Blum, head honcho at Blumhouse, said they want to make a movie for “people who know and love the first The Exorcist and are furious that we’re dong this, but somehow drag themselves to the theater.” But, he added, they also want to make a movie “that people who’ve never heard of The Exorcist can really enjoy.”

The original The Exorcist–directed by William Friedkin from a screenplay by William Peter Blatty–details a mother’s battle to save her 12-year-old daughter from a demonic possession through a horrifying exorcism performed by two priests. The film–the first horror movie nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award–stars Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Jason Miller and Linda Blair.

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


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