Ellen Burstyn will play the mother of the child, a role she already played in the 1973 version. More than $ 400 million is on the table.
Ranked by the American Film Institute as the third best thriller in film history, behind Psychosis and Jaws, The Exorcist will be back on the big screen soon. Universal Pictures wants to turn this cult 1970s horror film, one of the highest grossing of all time, into a franchise with a three-part sequel. Ellen Burstyn, who played the possessed mother of the child in William Friedkin’s film, will return to her role in these new feature films.
According to Deadline, this sequel to three films will feature actor Leslie Odom Jr. (The crime of the Orient Express , Hamilton), a father whose child is possessed. While seeking help, he meets Chris McNeil, the character played by Ellen Burstyn, who experienced the same situation fifty years ago. Linda Blair, who played the possessed teenager in the cult film, will a priori be absent from these sequels. “To date, there has been no discussion of my participation or role.“In this trilogy, she announced on Twitter, while wishing”the best to everyone involved“.
Between cinema and streaming
This franchise will be directed by David Gordon Green, the filmmaker behind the recent sequels ofHalloween. For these three new components derived from The Exorcist, Universal Pictures is partnering with production houses Blumhouse and Morgan Creek, as well as the American streaming platform Peacock. If the theatrical release of the first part is announced, the New York Times reports that the following two could be broadcast on the platform first. According to the American press, the contract exceeds $ 400 million.
The 1973 feature film, recognized as one of the great classics of horror cinema, has already been the subject of several more or less official sequels. The Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), The Exorcist: the sequel (1990), The Exorcist: in the beginning (2004) and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005). None of them were done by William Friedkin.