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It seems we are officially getting a new chapter in the Exorcist franchise, whether we asked for it or not. According to a report by The Observer, the Blumhouse studio teamed up with Morgan Creek Productions to produce the film, and 2018 Halloween director David Gordon Green was brought on board to lead the project.
The news comes just days after William Friedkin, director of the original The Exorcist, stated on Twitter that he is in no way affiliated with any remakes or sequels to his 1973 horror classic.
“There is a rumor on IMDB that I am involved in a new version of The Exorcist. This is not a rumor, it is a pure lie. There isn’t enough money or motivation in the world to make me do this to do.”
According to The Observer report, the upcoming film will be more of a sequel to the original The Exorcist than it is The exorcist restart as previously reported. This would be the fifth sequel to the original film. But rumors have long swirled that the new Exorcist movie will somehow restart the franchise and start over.
The 1973 exorcist told the story of 12-year-old Regan’s demonic possession and her mother’s attempt to save her through an exorcism by two Roman Catholic priests. Based on this simple premise, Friedkin was able to produce a film that caused mass panic in cinemas around the world, was nominated for a number of international awards, and is widely attributed to the horror genre in a manner similar to prestige cinema to put the card What 2001: A Space Odyssey for Science Fiction.
Unfortunately, later attempts by other directors to follow in Friedkin’s footsteps produced mixed results. Neither sequel was able to match the pure, evil terror that audiences felt trapped in the room with Regan, the two priests, and the demon Pazuzu. The groundbreaking blend of special effects, horror sound mixing, and religious imagery that made the original The Exorcist so compelling didn’t seem inspired even as the sequels tried to double the horror elements of the franchise.
Hopefully David Gordon Green will be able to do for the Exorcist franchise what he did for the Halloween series when he was filming the 2018 Halloween flick in which an older Laurie Strode competed against Michael Myers one last time. Green’s Halloween was successful enough to put the spotlight on a trilogy of films that promise to put the legend of Michael Myers to rest for the last time.
It will be interesting to see how a new The Exorcist film behaves in the modern horror landscape when special effects fit and horror relies more on creating the right atmosphere to trigger psychological terror. In many ways, the original The Exorcist represents the climax of the horror section that has recently been promoted to B-movie status. Many horror fans will be excited to see if the new restart / sequel can bring this part of the genre back to its former glory. This news first appeared on Observer.com.
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