Next up in the seemingly endless roster of planned remakes, sequels, and reboots from Blumhouse is The Exorcist. Jason Blum and Halloween (2018) director David Gordon Green are reportedly planning an official sequel to the original 1973 horror classic.
And before you roll your eyes and scoff at the notion, Blum and Green are both aware that horror skeptics will be out in full force regarding this beloved property. While a sequel to the William Blatty classic isn’t unheard of—The Exorcist spawned several follow-up films, prequels, and a short-lived (but brilliant) television series—Blum is confident in Green’s abilities to surprise people.
While doing press for The Forever Purge, the director chatted with Den of Geek about the planned sequel, revealing that it would take note from the successful Halloween follow-up that saw the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode.
"“[It’s] going to be like David’s Halloween sequeI. think it’s going to pleasantly surprise all the skeptics out there. We had a lot of skeptics about Halloween and David turned them around, and I think he’s going to turn it around with The Exorcist.”"
Jason Blum is fully aware people will be skeptical of a sequel to The Exorcist
He further explained that he wanted to target those people who were so attached to the original movie and furious at the idea of a sequel but can’t resist going to the theater to watch it anyway just to see what happens. Blum also pointed out that many people viewing The sequel would not have even heard or seen the original, which I think is debatable.
"“I want to make a movie that works for both [audiences]. 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.”"
That said, there are no available casting or plot details just yet, currently Green is working on finishing up Halloween Ends, the final in the trilogy of the rebooted Halloween franchise set to follow next year. Halloween Kills is finally set to release later this year, with the official trailer recently released for fans to scour for clues.
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