David Gordon Green in talks to helm The Exorcist sequel for Blumhouse
Coming off from the success of 2018’s Halloween film, the Observer brings word that director David Gordon Green is looking to reunite with Blumhouse Productions in order to breathe new life into another dormant horror franchise as he officially enters negotiations to helm the studio’s upcoming sequel feature to 1973’s The Exorcist. Should the deal push through, this will probably be his first directorial project following the upcoming two Halloween sequels titled Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends which are set to debut in 2021 and 2022, respectively.
Based on a William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel, the original film was directed by William Friedkin from a screenplay also adapted by Blatty. It starred Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller and Linda Blair. The Exorcist centered around the sudden demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl named Reagan after encountering an old Ouija board. In a last attempt to save Reagan, two Roman Catholic priest were enlisted to conduct an exorcism on her.
Since its theatrical release in 1973 it became a pop culture phenomenon and was the first horror film to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. It was was then followed by two sequels in 1977 and 1990, as well as two alternate prequels in 2004 and 2005.
The Exorcist sequel will be produced by Jason Blum, David Robinson and James Robinson with Morgan Creek Production also developing the project. It’s unclear if this sequel will lack any connection to the previous sequel installments, just like what Blumhouse did on 2018’s Halloween.
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