David Gordon Green, director of the recent Halloween revivals, will soon be turning his attention to one of the most enduring horror films ever made.

After breathing new life into the series with 2018’s Halloween – a modern reimagining of the franchise – it looks like director David Gordon Green will be turning his attention to another dormant horror saga.

Observer is reporting that Green is developing a sequel to The Exorcist, along with Blumhouse Productions and Morgan Creek.

There’s definitely a feeling of inevitability about this announcement. With Green successfully reigniting interesting in the Halloween property and then completed a sequel – Halloween Kills, which has been delayed until 2021 – and with Blumhouse developing a very successful model of rebooting existing horror properties, it seems like The Exorcist (with its huge name potential and long-dormant status) is a natural point of progression for all involved.

As yet, it isn’t clear whether Green will be moving straight into active development of the film, or whether he will be pursuing other projects first.

Either way, any sort of reimagining of William Friedkin’s (who, it has been confirmed, will not be involved in the new version) 1973 horror classic is likely to draw attention, simply due to the film’s enduring status as a cultural phenomenon. It was also the first horror movie to be nominated for a Best Picture gong at the Oscars, along with nine other nominations.

Some outlets have claimed that the new version of the film is heading for a 2021 release, but that seems a tad unlikely at this point. Either way, you can be assured that as further developments come to light, we’ll keep you posted here.

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