In a deal almost as scary as the movie itself, the exorcist returns. The scary part? The price tag for the film rights reached $400 million!
Peacock and Universal Pictures have reached a new deal to acquire the rights to produce a new trilogy of films in the exorcist universe. Morgan Creek Entertainment had the rights to the film since their first entry into the franchise in 1990 with The Exorcist III. They produced Exorcist: the beginning, Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, and the FOX TV series.
Morgan Creek Entertainment will now team up with Blumhouse and David Gordon Green for these new movies with a home on Universal’s Peacock streaming service. The Hollywood Reporter does note that the films will still hit theaters, with the first set to be released on October 13, 2023.
One of the biggest bangers from the report was that Ellen Burstyn is returning as her role from the original film. She played Chris MacNeil, the mother of a possessed young girl in the original William Friedkin-directed film. In this new episode, she is joined by franchise newcomer Leslie Odom Jr. (One night in Miami), who will receive an Oscar nomination at the 2021 Academy Awards.
“There’s no better time to join forces with Peacock’s team, reunite with the great team at Universal and finally get to work with my friends at Blumhouse than this classic franchise,” said David Robinson, president of Morgan Creek, in a statement.
Director David Gordon Green recently spoke about his plans for the new film, describing it as a direct sequel to the original. Think what Green recently did with his 2018 Halloween movie. He went on to say “I love all”exorcist‘ movies, and not only do I like them, I think they can all fall into acceptable mythology for what I do. It’s not like I’m saying ‘pretend’The exorcist 2“never happened.” That’s fine to exist, they’re all fine to exist, and I enjoy them all.”
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