The reboot will have a total of three films in the franchise and is said to be the continuation of the original film.
The Exorcist is one of the most iconic horror movies to be made, way back in 1973. It has become a cult classic since then. It was based on the best-selling book of the same name written by William Peter Blatty. The book led to the Exorcist film franchise consisting of six films in total. It also led to a direct sequel TV show in 2018 with two seasons.
It has been nearly five decades since the first original film came out. Now, there are plans for a reboot of The Exorcist in a trilogy. The film was supposed to be released this year, but there was a change of plans, pushing the release to a few years later. Here's what you need to know about the reboot.
The projects will be joint-venture productions between Blumhouse Productions and Morgan Creek Entertainment, with Universal Pictures serving as distributing company. Universal confirmed that the franchise will have three films in total and is said to be the "continuation," rather than a remake, of the original, as per DEADLINE. It will be disregarding the other sequels and prequels that have been released since.
The original film follows the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl, Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair). Her mother, Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn), tries to rescue her daughter through an exorcism conducted by two Catholic priests. In the film, they do manage to rescue the child, who is then taken away to Los Angeles with her mother. But the feeling is ominous, allowing a wide range of possibilities for continuing the story. It has been revealed that the father of a child who seems to be possessed reaches out to Chris for help in the reboot.
For the record, we will never attempt to remake THE EXORCIST— Morgan Creek (@Morgan__Creek) September 28, 2015
So far, it has been confirmed that Burstyn will be reprising her role from the original film as Chris MacNeil. Hamilton's Leslie Odom Jr. will be co-starring as the father of the possessed child. No other cast member has been revealed so far. Blair took to Twitter to clarify that she had not been contacted yet to reprise her role as Regan. "As of now, there have not been any discussions about me participating or reprising my role," she wrote. "I wish all those involved the best, and I appreciate the loyalty and passion the fans have for The Exorcist and my character."
David Gordon Green is set to direct the film as well as executively produce it along with Danny McBride and Couper Samuelson. Green is also involved in the Halloween series reboot. Jason Blum will produce the new Exorcist films on behalf of Blumhouse, with Ryan Turek overseeing the project.
The first film in the new trilogy will be released theatrically on October 13, 2023. Under the terms of the deal, the second and third films could debut on Peacock, as reported by The New York Times.