Word from The Observer is that Blumhouse Productions and Morgan Creek are developing a sequel to The Exorcist with David Gordon Green. The news comes after Green’s 2018 sequel to Halloween grossed more than $255 million globally and re-ignited the franchise.
Atmospheric beyond belief, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist continues to terrify audiences decades after its initial release. Friedkin’s 1973 adaptation of William Peter Blatty‘s novel has been copied over the years, but never bettered. The use of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells helped make this a huge hit and an iconic piece of horror cinema.
Movies In Focus first caught The Exorcist when it was re-released in UK cinemas in 1998 (at that point it wasn’t available to view at home). I wasn’t particularly taken by it at the time, but over the years I’ve grown to appreciate Friedkin’s film and I now see it was one of the all-time great films.
John Carpenter joined Green’s sequel (and its follow-ups) as producer and composer but it looks like Friedkin won’t be involved in this Exorcist reboot. The director took to Twitter to debunk a rumour of his involvement in the film: “There’s a rumour on IMDB that I’m involved with a new version Of ‘The Exorcist’. This isn’t a rumor; it’s a flat-out lie. There’s not enough money or motivation in the world to get me to do this.”
The Exorcist has been sequalised and prequelised before but the films haven’t really added to the original film. They should just leave it alone.