In a massive deal said to be worth over $400 million, Universal Pictures and Peacock have acquired the rights to Blumhouse Productions planned follow-up trilogy to William Friedkin’s iconic horror feature “The Exorcist”.
David Gordon Green, who helmed 2018’s “Halloween” revival and both its upcoming sequels, is also officially confirmed to have signed on to helm the first film in the planned new “Exorcist” trilogy which will hit cinemas in late 2023.
Not only that, but actress Ellen Burstyn has also agreed to return to the franchise and will reprise her iconic role as Chris MacNeil over forty years since the original film debuted in 1973.
The new trilogy is a direct sequel to the original film though unlike the new “Halloween” trilogy, which flat out ignores the events of every prior “Halloween” sequel, this will not need to so directly ignore that which came after.
Oscar nominee Leslie Odom Jr. also stars in the lead role of a father of a possessed child whose desperation leads him to track down Chris McNeil. Green will co-write the script with “Halloween” writers Scott Teems, Danny McBride, and Petter Sattler.
Blum, David Robinson, and James Robinson produce for Blumhouse and Morgan Creek Productions. The previous “Exorcist” films were released by Warner Bros. Pictures
Source: The New York Times