Ed Gass-Donnelly, best known for his film Small Town Murder Songs, has come aboard to direct The Last Exorcism 2.

Ashley Bell is set to reprise her role from the original 2010 thriller The Last Exorcism, playing possessed teen Nell Sweetzer. The story will pick up three months after the end of the first film, though all further details are being kept under wraps.

Eli Roth is back as a producer, and is making an R rated feature this time out. This is what he had to say about the project.

"(We're) very, very excited to continue to this story. Obviously with the title of the first one we had not planned on a sequel, but we love the story and subject matter and had what we feel is an inspired idea to continue it. As you can see from other recent films, fans around the world are fascinated by this subject matter, and we want to go deeper and darker this time. The first film worked great as a PG-13 psychological film, but now we want to go R-rated and show the true horror of what this subject matter offers. The biggest creative challenge will be coming up with the right title!"

The Last Exorcism 2 will begin shooting this February in New Orleans.

B. Alan Orange