Leslie Odom Jr and Ellen Burstyn to star in David Gordon Green’s Exorcist films following a rumoured $400 million deal with Universal.
We reported back at the end of 2020 that Halloween director David Gordon Green was being eyed for a sequel to The Exorcist in collaboration with Blumhouse. More details have now been announced, with Universal Pictures and NBCUniversal closing a rumoured $400 million deal for a trilogy of films, starring Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton) and one of the original film’s stars, Ellen Burstyn.
Deadline reports that the film will focus on Odom’s character, a father faced with a possessed child who seeks out Burstyn’s Chris MacNeil for help. The three films will not act as a remake, instead a continuation for the original film, similar to Green’s treatment Halloween film, bypassing many less than crowd pleasing sequels (up until recently, the 1977 sequel Exorcist II: The Heretic sat on the IMDB Bottom 100 movies of all time). This is the first of the sequels that Burstyn has been involved in.
The first of the 3 films is expected to debut in cinemas late 2023, with the subsequent films potentially going straight to Peacock in the States.
More as we hear it.
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