Your mother will be getting up to all manner of lude and crude activities once again in Blumhouse and Morgan Creek's upcoming The Exorcist Reboot. Producer Jason Blum has now provided some insight into their approach to resurrecting the horror classic, declaring his hope that director David Gordon Green will be able to bring the same terrifying magic that so successfully rebooted Halloween back in 2018.
"[It's] going to be like David's Halloween sequel. I think it's going to pleasantly surprise all the skeptics out there. We had a lot of skeptics about Halloween and David turned them around, and I think he's going to turn it around with The Exorcist...I love to do [these] kinds of movies because people are very emotional about it. I think it's a high bar and it's a challenge to do the movie. Remember, most of the audience coming to this-95 percent of the audience who will, if we do our job right, come to see this movie-will not have seen the first Exorcist or even heard of it."
Blum is fully aware that fans of the seminal horror outing are skeptical but is determined to make them happy with the reboot, as well as introducing new audiences to the franchise. Blum wants to create something that "people who've never heard of The Exorcist" can enjoy, something he believes was achieved with Halloween. "I think David did that with Halloween. I think he'll do that with The Exorcist also," he added.
The idea of throwing such a wide net with regards to The Exorcist reboot is sure to add to the worry of some, but Blum is absolutely right that Halloween managed to walk a fine balance between modernizing the long-running series whilst staying true to its roots. Hopefully, the studio and David Gordon Green will be able to catch lightening in a bottle twice...
Released in 1973, The Exorcist is one of the most iconic examples of the horror genre and follows the demonic possession of twelve-year-old Regan and her mother's attempt to rescue her through an exorcism conducted by two Catholic priests. Directed by William Friedkin and produced and written for the screen by William Peter Blatty, the movie is based on the 1971 novel of the same name by Blatty, and stars Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller and Linda Blair.
The Exorcist is the first installment in the series, which thus far consists of five movies all of various levels of diminishing quality. Much like 2018's Halloween, the reboot will reportedly ignore all prior sequels and pick up following the first movie, making it a direct sequel as opposed to a reboot. Though, as Blum has now explained, the new Exorcist will work hard to introduce a new audience to the legacy.
While we await the arrival of an all-new Exorcist sequel, the Halloween franchise continues with Halloween Kills which is scheduled to be released on October 15th, 2021. The trilogy will then be concluded with Halloween Ends, which is set to be released a year later, on October 14th, 2022. This comes to us from Den of Geek.