Why the Exorcist Revival Movie Isn’t a Traditional Horror Story
Director David Gordon Green is at the helm of the revival of The Exorcistand he explained why his new take on demonic possession isn’t a traditional horror movie.
During a conversation with Collider, the director was asked about his relaunch process The Exorcist after finding success doing the same with the Halloween franchise. Green made it clear that while these are classic horror titles, they’re also very different. He said: “…they are nothing alike. Halloween is a horror movie, it’s a slasher movie, it’s midnight madness, good time at the movies, eat popcorn. The Exorcist is a highly sought-after drama about shitty things – spirituality, religion, mental health, family – and it’s… you can straddle these two very different horror subgenres, but the approach technically, creatively, is very different.
A bit like in 2018 Halloween, The Exorcist revival will actually serve as a direct sequel to the original film. Released in 1973, the first film is based on William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel of the same name and was directed by William Friedkin. Working from Blatty’s script, the film involves the demonic possession of a young girl named Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) and her mother Chris MacNeil’s (Ellen Burstyn) quest to save her through an exorcism performed by father Damien Karras. (Jason Miller) and Father Lankester Merrin (Max von Sydow).
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Green vegetables Exorcist will see the return of Ellen Burstyn’s Chris MacNeil, and it will be the start of a new trilogy. Leslie Odom Jr. and Ann Dowd star in the film, but the filmmaker said revisiting Burstyn’s character 50 years later is “part of that journey.” He continued, “For me, I like to have a perspective anchor, and so I feel like I’m dealing with, it’s not a historical subject, but I’m dealing with historical cinematic characters. , and I have the iconic actress who played that role fifty years ago, and she’s there to ask questions. She’s there to assess, give me notes on the script, and she’s become like my guru spiritual who I’m going to, who… just like the movie affected his life, we found out that the story we’re creating affected Chris MacNeil in some way.”
Blumhouse Productions is behind the new trilogy of Exorcist films, which were acquired by Universal Pictures and Peacock for a staggering $400 million. When the projects were announced in July 2021, it was revealed that the first film would receive a theatrical release while the subsequent second and third films would be offered exclusively for the Peacock streaming service.
The Exorcist is set to hit theaters on October 13, 2023.