Horror fans, and specifically fans of The Exorcist, now’s a good time to scream with either joy/terror (delete as appropriate) as there’s a new trilogy of Exorcist films on the way.
As was first reported by The New York Times, Universal and its streaming service Peacock, have forked out $400m to make a brand new trilogy of films as part of The Exorcist franchise.
The new trilogy will feature Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn reprising her iconic role as Chris MacNeil, while One Night in Miami and Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. has also been cast reportedly as a father who comes to MacNeil after his child has been possessed.
More collaboration between Blumhouse and David Gordon Green like The Exorcist!
Horror studio Blumhouse will produce the trilogy, alongside David Robinson of Morgan Creek, who own the rights to the franchise.
Continuing his successful collaboration with Blumhouse on the sequels to the Halloween franchise, David Gordon Green has been hired to direct the new trilogy.
Speaking on the deal, Blumhouse founder Jason Blum has expressed enthusiasm about the trilogy:
Blumhouse has always experienced incredible partnership from the team at Universal, and I’m grateful to Donna Langley and Jimmy Horowitz for believing in the vision of David’s film and having the foresight to be flexible with distribution
With many streaming services nowadays spending eye-watering sums of money to land exciting projects, this is certainly a significant deal for Universal, and one that they will hope will raise the profile of its streaming service.
The first film of this new trilogy is slated for October 23rd 2023, and the other two sequels will potentially land exclusively on Peacock.
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