Any horror fan knows that the best monsters never truly die. David Gordon Green brought Michael Myers back in the well-received 2018 reboot of Halloween, and now he’s in talks to film a brand-new Exorcist film according a report from The Observer.
Blumhouse Productions, the studio that brought us modern horror favorites like Get Out, Paranormal Activity, and the Purge, is reportedly developing a new Exorcist film, with Green as the director. Jason Blum, David Robinson, and James Robinson will produce.
After bringing Halloween back to life, Green filmed a sequel, Halloween Kills. COVID-19 delayed the movie significantly, but the film is now set to hit theaters in October 2021. The Exorcist premiered in 1973, directed by William Friedkin, starring Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, and Max von Sydow as a 12-year-old girl possessed by a demon and the priest trying to free her of the possession.
The Exorcist was a watershed moment for horror films as the first horror film to be nominated for Best Picture by the Academy Awards. Since then, the film has received two sequels, Exorcist II: The Heretic and Exorcist III. The franchise also received two prequel films–Exorcist: The Beginning and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist. The film was also adapted into a television show by Fox that ran for two seasons in 2016 and 2017.
It’s unclear currently whether the movie is a sequel or a full reboot. Previous reporting referred to the film as a reboot, but the Observer’s report refers to the film as a sequel. It’s worth noting that the new Halloween film is a continuation of the original series, and Jason Blum himself told us that he wasn’t interested in rebooting or remaking classic horror films back in November. We also don’t know yet where the movie will sit on Green’s slate, as he has a third Halloween film and a Hellraiser TV series already in development.