$400 million is the price tag on a new ‘Exorcist’ trilogy. This is how much Universal Pictures and Peacock are prepared to lay down for the rights to the Blumhouse produced follow-ups to William Friedkin’s landmark original.
‘Halloween 2018’s director David Gordon Green has been officially confirmed to be helming the first film in the planned new ‘Exorcist’ trilogy which will be released in cinemas on 13th October 2023.
The coup is that they have got Ellen Burstyn to sign on to reprise her iconic role as Chris MacNeil, mother of the possessed Regan, from the 1973 film.
This new film will be a direct sequel to the original and, unlike David Gordon Green’s take on ‘Halloween’, it will not completely ignore the sequels to that film.
The story will focus on a father, played by Oscar nominee Leslie Odom Jr., who tracks down Burstyn’s Chris McNeil when his daughter becomes possessed. Green will co-write the script with his ‘Halloween’ team of Scott Teems, Danny McBride, and Petter Sattler.
If $400 million sound like a lot for a trilogy of horror films you just have to look how much money the original has generated. That film made $193 million on its first run in 1973 and went on to make $441 world-wide.
Source: The New York Times