The universe of The Exorcist is a surprisingly detailed and well-worn thing for horror fans and it seems like filmmaker David Gordon Green knows that as he wants to take a new approach with his recently announced entry in the franchise.
In 2018, Green released his take on Halloween, which ignored the other films released in the franchise and served as a direct sequel to the 1978 original. Now, he’ll take that approach with a new entry in The Exorcist franchise.
“The Exorcist has been written,” says Green in an interview with Total Film. “That was one of my pandemic projects. It’s not inaccurate [that it will be a sequel to the original film]. I like all the Exorcist movies. And not only do I like them, I think they can all fall into the acceptable mythology for what I’m doing. It’s not like I’m saying, ‘Pretend that The Exorcist 2 never happened.’ That’s fine to exist. They’re all fine to exist, and I enjoy all of them.”
“It’s another fun legacy to be a part of, and hopefully, we’ll get that going in the near future,” he continued. “That one is a lot of research, rather than just impulsive screenwriting. That’s one that you talk to a lot of people. You read a lot of books and do a shit-load of interviews. There was such a dramatic authenticity to what that original film is. It’s a lot more than I anticipated getting into it. And I guess I was naïve to think that. But it was very exhilarating to be involved in a lot of those conversations that you find yourself in.”
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