When it comes to horror, one movie stands out as not only one of the most important but also the most frightening, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist. While it has had sequels and series adaptations nothing has quite matched in nearly 50 years. But Blumhouse has set out to change that with a reboot (*insert head shake).
David Gordon Green (Halloween, Halloween Kills) is reportedly in talks to direct the movie produced by Blumhouse and Morgan Creek.
Jason Blum made a comment during an interview with Den of Geek, describing that the movie will be like the situation between the original Halloween and Green’s 2018 version.
[It’s] going to be like David’s Halloween sequel,” Blum told the site. “I 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.”
From what Blum said it sounds like that the new movie will not be a direct reboot, but be partially a sequel, bypassing the originals.
I want to make a movie that works for both [audiences],” says Blum. “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.”
I’m not sure how to feel about this, but I’ll reserve my verdict until we learn more. But why mess with perfection? I will say this about The Exorcist franchise, most of the sequels were not half as good as the 1973 original, except for The Exorcist III which was fricking fantastic. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend that you do so.
We’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, let us know how you feel about the best horror film ever made getting a “reimagining.”