'Halloween' reboot director David Gordon Green to take on 'Exorcist' sequel

(Original Caption) 1973- Kitty Winn holds a flashlight at Linda Blair, in bed, as Jason Miller watches in this scene from "The Exorcist."
Kitty Winn holds a flashlight at Linda Blair, in bed, as Jason Miller watches in this scene from The Exorcist (FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty Images)

Director David Gordon Green is to take on a planned sequel of horror classic The Exorcist for the indie studio Blumhouse, according to reports.

The director of movies like Pineapple Express and the comedy series Eastbound & Down, is behind the recent reboot of the Halloween series with Danny McBride.

It found Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode in a direct sequel to the 1978 original.

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The movie scored a solid $255 million at the worldwide box office, and has cemented two sequels, Halloween Kills set for release in 2021, and Halloween Ends for 2021.

Director David Gordon Green poses at a premiere for the movie "Halloween" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
David Gordon Green (Reuters)

The original Exorcist movie is perhaps the most feted horror movie of all time.

Directed by William Friedkin and released in 1973, and adapted from the novel by William Peter Blatty, it followed the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl, and the attempt by her mother to have the evil exorcised by two priests.

It caused a sensation around the world, coupled with a kind of mass hysteria, with fainting and vomiting from audiences commonplace.

Kino. The Exorcist, USA, 1973, aka: Der Exorzist, Regie: William Friedkin, Darsteller: Linda Blair. (Photo by FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty Images)
The Exorcist (FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty Images)

The movie became the first horror to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, while it won two other gongs, for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound, and up until the release of the remake of It! In 2017, it was the highest-grossing horror film of all time.

A series of sequels followed, though to significantly diminishing critical and financial returns.

Plans for a reboot of the series emerged over the summer, though there remains little more information to go on.

Friedkin, however, has been emphatic on his non-participation.

Just last week, he tweeted: “There’s a rumor on IMDB that I’m involved with a new version Of The Exorcist. This isn’t a rumor, it’s a flat-out lie. There’s not enough money or motivation in the world To get me to do this.”

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