The Exorcist: Deceiver, Removed From Release Calendar As David Gordon Green Exits Sequel
Thursday 11th, January 2024
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Spoilers Warning for The Exorcist: Believer

David Gordon Green, the director behind "The Exorcist: Believer", will no longer be helming the sequel, "The Exorcist: Deceiver". The news comes amidst plans for a trilogy revival of the iconic horror franchise through a $400 million deal between Blumhouse and Universal. Green's departure raises questions about the future of the project and the original trilogy plans.

According to reports from The Hollywood Reporter, the acclaimed director has stepped down due to his commitments to other projects, including the feature film "Nutcrackers" and the TV series "The Righteous Gemstones". Universal and Blumhouse are actively searching for a replacement director to take the reins of the anticipated sequel, which had already been slated for release on April 18, 2025.

The setback follows a lukewarm reception to the first installment, "The Exorcist: Believer", which hit theaters on October 13, 2023. Despite featuring Leslie Odom Jr. and bringing back Ellen Burstyn from the original classic, the film failed to make a significant impact at the box office and faced criticism from reviewers.

Gordon Green, who previously found success with the 2018 film "Halloween" under the Universal and Blumhouse banner, had initially kickstarted the reboot trilogy on a promising note. However, the underwhelming performance of "Believer" has cast a shadow over the future trajectory of the franchise.

The original trilogy plans now hang in the balance as the search for a new director commences. Fans are left wondering whether the departure of Gordon Green will lead to a reevaluation of the overall vision for the trilogy. Linda Blair's return as Regan MacNeil in the final moments of "Believer" hinted at the possibility of legacy characters making a comeback in future installments, but this now remains uncertain.
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