Universal, Peacock Spend Big For New ‘Exorcist’ Trilogy

by Thomas Tuna

One of the most frightening films ever made is coming back–in a big way.

Universal Pictures and the Peacock streaming service reportedly have combined forces in a multi-million-dollar deal to secure a new trilogy based on The Exorcist, according to a story in The New York Times.

Universal Pictures chairperson Donna Langley, according to The Times, has teamed with Peacock “to make the purchase–expected to be announced this week–according to three people who spoke on the condition of anonymity.” The price reportedly will be in the vicinity of the $465 million Netflix paid in March for two sequels to Knives Out.

The films will be directed by David Gordon Green, as previously reported, with Leslie Odom Jr. (Knives Out 2) in the starring role. In addition, it was reported that Ellen Burstyn will reprise her role as Chris MacNeil from the 1973 film.

The basic storyline, as explained, will have Odom Jr. playing “the father of a possessed child. Desperate for help, he tracks down Burstyn’s character.” The first film in the trilogy is expected to debut Oct. 13, 2023.

Blumhouse Productions and Morgan Creek Entertainment will produce the trilogy, which reportedly will be a sequel to–not a reboot of–the classic The Exorcist.

With more information on this mega-deal sure to surface soon, keep reading Horror News Network for all the details.

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