“Halloween” filmmaker David Gordon Green is in talks to direct a sequel to “The Exorcist” from Blumhouse and Morgan Creek Productions.
The new film would continue the profitable relationship between the filmmaker and the horror production house following 2018’s “Halloween,” the upcoming “Halloween Kills” (slated for an October 2021 release) and the new trilogy’s final film “Halloween Ends.” “Halloween” earned $255.8 million on a $10 million budget.
The original “The Exorcist” — starring Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair and Max von Sydow — was directed by William Friedkin. The 1973 release went on to earn $193 million at the box office and ultimate cult status among fans, in addition to the adapted screenplay Oscar for author William Peter Blatty. Among the film’s 10 Oscar nominations, including best picture, were acting nods for Burstyn, Blair and Jason Miller and a best director nom for Friedkin. However, Friedkin is not expected to be involved in this new film, addressing (and dismissing) via Twitter on Dec 17.
Observer was first to report the news that Green would take the helm of the legendary horror property. The director is repped by CAA.
Blumhouse and Morgan Creek had no comment on the report.
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