Horror super-producer Jason Blum has done the near-impossible more than once by producing reboots of beloved classics that are surprisingly good. Halloween and The Invisible Man serve as bold reminders that reboot doesn't need to be a dirty word; that said, the reboots of Fantasy Island, Black Christmas, and The Craft were tired reminders that not all reboots turn out well.
Next up on the Blumhouse reboot list, horror classic The Exorcist with Halloween's David Gordon Green on board to direct. Speaking to Den of Geek, Jason Blum revealed that Green's take on The Excorcist would be similar in approach to his Halloween.
“[It’s] going to be like David’s Halloween sequel. I think it’s going to pleasantly surprise all the skeptics 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.”
Blumhouse also added that the plan is for the new Exorcist to work for audiences who haven't seen the original and hardcore fans alike.
“I love to do [these] kinds of movies because people are very emotional about it,” he says. “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 percent 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 that works for both [audiences]. 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 theater. 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.”
Does that mean The Excorcist is bringing back Linda Blair as Regan? If it is going to be "like" Halloween and its forthcoming sequels, it's going to need a legacy character. We'll have to wait and see what David Gordon Green and his team cook up, but if it's anything like Halloween, then we could have a true sequel to one of the most iconic horror films of all time. Green's Halloween ignores the events of the many sequels (even the excellent H20) and only acknowledges the original film. The Exorcist doesn't have as many sequels or as cluttered mythology as Halloween, but The Exorcist 2 is widely regarded as one of the worst sequels of all time. So, any improvement on that would be most welcome.
Halloween Kills is due out on October 15, and the franchise comes to a close next year with Halloween Ends.