Deadline has just confirmed that the first film in the new trilogy “The Exorcist”, which will be directed by David Gordon Green (“Halloween”), has a release date.
The feature film will premiere on October 13, 2023.
Director William Friedkin, who directed the 1973 classic “The Exorcist,” insisted that he was not involved in the horror reboot and that he did not approve of the new films of franchise.
“There is a rumor on IMDB that I am involved in the new version of ‘The Exorcist’. It is not a rumor, it is a blatant lie. There is not enough money or motivation to get involved in this project, ”said the filmmaker.
Upcoming films will be a direct sequel to the 1973 work, and, according to the New York Times, Universal Pictures paid around $ 400 million to secure the rights to make a new trilogy – a figure that includes theatrical release. and movie streaming peacock.
Ellen Burstyn (“Interstellar”) will reprise her role as Chris MacNeil, the mother of Regan (Linda Blair), the daughter possessed by the demon Pazuzu in the original feature film.
In addition to Burstyn, Leslie Odem Jr. (“A Night in Miami”) also appeared in the film, and will bring the father of an allegedly possessed young woman to life.
In the plot, he will ask Chris for help in trying to deal with the demonic presence, just like it has happened to him in the past.
In an interview with Total Film, Green previously revealed that the new title would be a direct sequel to the original classic. Despite this, the filmmaker ensured that previous films should not necessarily be ignored, as happened in the “Halloween” franchise.
“The script for the new ‘The Exorcist’ has already been written! It was one of my projects during the pandemic. It’s going to be a direct sequel to the original feature film, but I love all of the films in the “The Exorcist” franchise, and I think the mythology of each one is what I’m developing. I’m not saying that claiming ‘Exorcist 2’ never happened.
He adds, “This franchise is another fun legacy to be a part of and I hope I can devote myself to it in the near future. I did a lot of research to write the screenplay, rather than writing it on impulse. I spoke to a lot of people, read a lot of books and did a lot of interviews.
Directed by William Friedkin and played by Linda Blair, the first feature film follows a twelve-year-old girl with completely frightening behavior. In this way, her mother seeks help from a priest, who is also a psychiatrist, and he comes to the conclusion that the girl is possessed by the devil. He then calls on a second priest, a specialist in exorcism, to try to free the young girl from this terrible possession.
The original franchise produced four films, plus an “alternative” prequel titled “Domain”. Recently, FOX released a series that took place in the same universe as the original film, which spanned 2 seasons.
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