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Thursday, March 7, 2024

A New Direction? Jason Blum Updates on the Future of Blumhouse’s ‘The Exorcist’ Franchise

It’s no secret that last year’s The Exorcist: Believer wasn’t as successful as Blumhouse and Universal hoped it would be, neither critically nor financially. Director David Gordon Green was initially on board to direct an entire trilogy of new movies in the franchise, with The Exorcist: Believer intended to be only the first film in that three-film sequel series.

It was all part of a massive $400 million deal to bring the franchise back to life on the big screen, and The Exorcist: Deceiver had in fact already been dated for release on April 18, 2025.

Those plans have changed, however. We recently learned that David Gordon Green will not be directing Deceiver as planned, and the movie altogether may have gone up in smoke.

Where does the franchise go from here? Will the original trilogy plans come crashing down, now that David Gordon Green has moved on from the director’s chair?

It’s a question that even producer Jason Blum isn’t sure how to answer. Speaking with The Direct this week, Blum suggested that the original plan is being entirely retooled.

Blum explained in a recent red carpet chat…

“We are definitely going to make another Exorcist movie, but I wanted more time to figure out what it would be. I have no idea what it’s going to be yet.”

Given the $400 million spend, Blumhouse and Universal likely have no choice but to make two more Exorcist movies, but it sounds like the next one may hit the reboot button all over again. It’s hard to imagine them sinking even more money into the storyline set up by The Exorcist: Believer, as it was a vision that audiences and critics hardly showed much love for.

Stay tuned for more as we learn it.

The first film in the trilogy was released theatrically on October 13, 2023, with Leslie Odom Jr. starring alongside a returning Ellen Burstyn from the original classic.

In Believer, “Since the death of his pregnant wife in a Haitian earthquake 12 years ago, Victor Fielding (Leslie Odom, Jr.) has raised their daughter Angela (Lidya Jewett) on his own.

“But when Angela and her friend Katherine (Olivia Marcum) disappear in the woods, only to return three days later with no memory of what happened to them, it unleashes a chain of events that will force Victor to confront the nadir of evil and, in his terror and desperation, seek out the only person alive who has witnessed anything like it before.”

The final moments of The Exorcist: Believer brought Linda Blair’s Regan MacNeil back into the fold, seeming to suggest that the legacy character could return in future installments.

The Exorcist Believer Girls

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