In an interview with Colliderthe director David Gordon Green (‘Halloween’) has revealed that the script for the first film in the franchise’s new trilogy ‘The Exorcist‘, which will continue the events of the first film, is ready.
“The script for the first film in the new trilogy is now complete, and we are in the process of mapping out the second film. We still have a lot of work to do, but we know where we want to go. It’s a new journey with some familiar faces and some new faces.”
he completes, “I’m sure I’ll know more about the project a year from now. It’s a very, very different process from the ‘Halloween’ franchise trilogy.”
The first feature will premiere on October 13, 2023.
The next films will be a direct sequel to the 1973 work, and, according to the New York Timesa Universal Pictures paid around US$ 400 million to secure the rights to make a new trilogy – an amount that includes the theatrical and streaming release Peacock.
Ellen Burstyn (‘Interstellar’) will reprise her role as Chris MacNeil, Regan’s mother (Linda Blair), the girl possessed by the demon Pazuzu in the original feature.
Besides Burstyn, Leslie Odem Jr. (‘A Night in Miami’) was also listed in the film, and will play the father of a supposedly possessed young woman.
In the plot, he will enlist the help of Chris to try to deal with the demonic presence, just as it happened to her in the past.
Directed by William Friedkin and starring Linda Blair, the first feature follows a twelve-year-old girl who is behaving completely frighteningly. So, her mother asks a priest, who is also a psychiatrist, for help, and he comes to the conclusion that the girl is possessed by the devil. He then requests the help of a second priest, an expert in exorcism, to try to free the girl from this terrible possession.
The original franchise yielded four films, plus an “alternative” prequel, titled ‘Domain‘. Recently, the FOX launched a series that took place in the same universe as the original film, which ran for 2 seasons.