We’ve been hearing talk of a potential new Exorcist film for a while now, but it’s official: The Exorcist is getting what appears to be a new sequel – and Blumhouse Productions is producing.
Producer Jason Blum has shared some intriguing tidbits about the Exorcist film being developed with filmmaker David Gordon Green, the Pineapple Express and Stronger helmer who also directed the successful 2018 Halloween sequel for Blumhouse. That Halloween film was a direct sequel to the original, discarding the many films in the franchise that followed John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher film. Could this new The Exorcist film follow a similar route? From what Blum had to say, quite possibly.
“[It’s] going to be like David’s Halloween sequel,” Blum said in interview with Den of Geek. “I think it’s going to pleasantly surprise all the sceptics out there. We had a lot of sceptics about Halloween and David turned them around, and I think he’s going to turn it around with The Exorcist.”
It remains to be seen if he is referring to a sequel that retcons what we’ve seen in the franchise since the first film. Willem Friedken’s 1973 horror classic was followed by an ill-received sequel, Exorcist II, in 1977, and a third film that has fared quite decently over the years, 1990’s The Exorcist III. 2004 and 2005 saw two takes on the one prequel, with Exorcist: The Beginning and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist respectively. And a well-received series aired on Fox for two seasons.
“I want to make a movie that works for both [audiences],” Blumhouse added. ” I want to make a movie for people that know and love the first Exorcist and are furious that we’re doing this, but somehow drag themselves to the theater. I want them to come out happy. And I want to make a movie that people who’ve never heard of The Exorcist really enjoy. I think David did that with Halloween. I think he’ll do that with The Exorcist also.”
Fingers firmly crossed that they nail this.
Either way, it appears that this new Exorcist film is still a while away. Gordon Green has Halloween sequel Halloween Kills due for release this October. Plus, the third film of his Halloween trilogy, Halloween Ends, is lined up for release the following year.