400 million dollars. That’s how much it cost Universal Pictures and it’s cousin network Peacock to secure the rights for an Exorcist trilogy of films.
Holy hell that’s a head spinner.
Along with a partnership with Blumhouse and Morgan Creek in a release agreement, Ellen Burstyn returns in her role as Chris McNeil- the mother of possessed Regan and David Gordon Green (Halloween 2018) is slated to direct. According to Deadline, Hamilton‘s Leslie Odom Jr. will star as the father of a possessed child who seeks out the aid of Chris MacNeil.
What fans should be most excited about, is that this series of films serves as a continuation to the classic horror series- not a remake or reimagining. Worth noting that Universal has said the previous entries (Exorcist II and III) will NOT be disregarded into further the storyline. Unlike with Director Green’s Halloween trilogy with Halloween Kills coming this October that only acknowledges the first film in the franchise; which is fairly nice to hear from this fan’s POV.
Produced by Jason Blum, and executive produced by David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Couper Samuelson, the first of The Exorcist trilogy of films is set to hit theaters on October 13th, 2023.
As of right now, Linda Blair does NOT seem to be involved. But hey, things can change at the drop of a hat folks.
In the meantime, pick up this great Exorcist Anthology series from the Amazon Beast for a great deal and to celebrate this news!