The devil is in the details.
The first of a trio of planned sequels to the 1973 horror classic The Exorcist is moving along nicely, with the cinematographer Michael Simmonds recently saying the film is “90 percent done,” according to a report on Syfy.
The first sequel–directed by David Gordon Green (the most recent Halloween trilogy)–stars Leslie Odom Jr., Ann Dowd and the returning Ellen Burstyn in the frightening tale of “the father (Odom) of a possessed child who tracks down Chris MacNeil (Burstyn),” according to the brief synopsis.
Simmonds–who worked with Green on his Halloween films–said he approached the new Exorcist entry completely differently from the Halloween movies. “It’s certainly more suspenseful and claustrophobic and true to the original material,” Simmonds said. A Halloween film, he added. “is inherently like a soap opera–with drama, moments of camp and callbacks. The new Exorcist is not gonna be like that.”
On this new film, Simmonds said he is “trying to make shots that last longer. I’m trying to use zooms and to add frames that are scary to look at. And I’m trying to make the lighting effective and naturalistic.”
The Exorcist sequel–from Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions 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 theatrical release.
The original The Exorcist–directed by William Friedkin from a screenplay by William Peter Blatty–was the first horror film nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award.
Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on these sequels to The Exorcist.