David Gordon Green‘s (Halloween, Halloween Kills) upcoming installment of The Exorcist franchise was first rumored to be a reboot. Thankfully we can tell you it is not a reboot but is actually a sequel to the 1973 William Friedkin classic, which we reported earlier this month. Now, Green has confirmed it to Total Film. The new movie will be handled the same way Green has handled the Halloween movies.
The Exorcist has been written. That was one of my pandemic projects. It’s not inaccurate [that it will be a sequel to the original film]. I like all the Exorcist movies,” Gordon Green explained to Total Film during a chat. “And not only do I like them, I think they can all fall into the acceptable mythology for what I’m doing. It’s not like I’m saying, ‘Pretend that The Exorcist 2 never happened.’ That’s fine to exist. They’re all fine to exist, and I enjoy all of them.”
Green adds, “It’s another fun legacy to be a part of, and hopefully we’ll get that going in the near future. That one is a lot of research, rather than just impulsive screenwriting. That’s one that you talk to a lot of people. You read a lot of books and do a shit-load of interviews. There was such a dramatic authenticity to what that original film is. It’s a lot more than I anticipated getting into it. And I guess I was naïve to think that. But it was very exhilarating to be involved in a lot of those conversations that you find yourself in.”
The Exorcist franchise’s last installment was 2005’s Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist. In all, there have been five films with Green’s being the sixth film for the franchise that also had a series in 2016 from FOX. Unfortunately, none of the films lived up to the original, save for The Exorcist III which came close.
Jason Blum of Blumhouse will be producing. He made the following statement earlier this July.
[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.”