A sequel to The Exorcist is in the works (Picture: Moviestore/REX)
The Exorcist is the latest classic horror film to get a new spin, as a sequel is reportedly in the works.
Forty-seven years after the original movie, Halloween filmmaker David Gordon Green is in talks to direct a sequel for Blumhouse and Morgan Creek productions, according to Observer.
Green was at the helm of 2018’s Halloween, which was a critical and commercial success and reignited the horror franchise, with a further sequel, Halloween Kills, coming next year.
Jason Blum, David Robinson and James Robinson will serve as producers on the film.
The Exorcist was released in 1973 and earned $193 million (£143m) globally, making it the highest-grossing R-rated horror movie of all time until it was dethroned by 2017’s It.
The supernatural horror, adapted from William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel, told the story of Regan (Linda Blair), a 12-year-old girl possessed by a demonic entity, with her mother (Ellen Burstyn) turning to two Catholic priests for help.
David Gordon Green is reportedly in talks to direct (Picture: Tara Ziemba/WireImage)
The film has become a cultural touchstone and is considered one of the scariest films ever made, with nausea and fainting reportedly becoming commonplace at screenings in 1974.
The original was directed by William Friedkin, who has said he will have nothing to do with any reboot or sequel.
Friedkin, 85, tweeted: ‘There’s a rumour on IMDb that I’m involved with a new version of ‘The Exorcist. This isn’t a rumour, it’s a flat-out lie. There’s not enough money or motivation in the world to get me to do this.’
The Exorcist already had a sequel in 1977, Exorcist II: The Heretic, which starred Linda Blair and Max von Sydow but was critically panned.
A third film directed by Blatty and based on his sequel to his original book called Legion was released in 1990 and received mixed reviews.
A prequel, Exorcist: The Beginning, starring Stellan Skarsgård, was released in 2004 to negative reviews, after it was retooled from Paul Schrader’s already completed Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist.
Schrader released his version the following year.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Green for comment.
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