There currently exists four sequels and a TV series, but Blum has said that the forthcoming film will connect closely to the original.
“It’s going to be like David’s Halloween sequel,”
“I think it’s going to pleasantly surprise all the sceptics out there. We had a lot of skeptics about Halloween and David turned them around, and I think he’s going to turn it around with The Exorcist.”
Speaking about tempering fan expectations for a new entry in the iconic horror franchise, the producer said:
“I love to do these kinds of movies because people are very emotional about it. I think it’s a high bar and it’s a challenge to do the movie.”
“Remember, most of the audience coming to this – 95 per cent of the audience who will, if we do our job right, come to see this movie –will not have seen the first Exorcist or even heard of it.”
“I want to make a movie for people that know and love the first Exorcist and are furious that we’re doing this, but somehow drag themselves to the theatre,”
“I want them to come out happy. And I want to make a movie that people who’ve never heard of The Exorcist really enjoy. I think David did that with Halloween. I think he’ll do that with The Exorcist also.”
The news comes a few months after William Friedkin, the director of the original The Exorcist, took to Twitter to declare he is in no way connected to any remakes or sequels to his 1973 horror classic.
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.
— William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) December 17, 2020
I guess we’ll learn more about this new Exorcist in due course.