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Mike Flanagan Confirmed To Direct "Radical New" Exorcist Movie – Not Believer Sequel

Summary

  • Mike Flanagan will direct a new
    Exorcist
    movie, but not a
    Believer
    sequel due to its poor reviews and box office.
  • It is said to be a “radical new take” on the
    Exorcist
    franchise.
  • Most details are currently under wraps.



Horror fan favorite writer-director Mike Flanagan will helm a new Exorcist movie, which will not be a sequel to last year’s Believer. The iconic franchise was revived in late 2023 with David Gordon Green’s The Exorcist: Believer, a legacy sequel and reboot that was meant to kickstart a new franchise in the same vain as his Halloween legacy sequel trilogy. However, poor reviews and an underwhelming box office total halted those plans, and the sequel The Exorcist: Deceiver was pulled from its planned release date amid major creative overhauls.

Now, The Hollywood Reporter confirms Flanagan will direct what is being called a “radical new take” on the Exorcist franchise. Specifics of what that means are currently being kept under wraps, but it will not be The Exorcist: Deceiver. As the director of this new iteration of the franchise, Flanagan will be returning to the fold at Blumhouse, where he made several of his early horror movies including 2016’s Hush and 2013’s Oculus.



Mike Flanagan Is The Perfect Person To Turn The Exorcist Around

The Horror Director Has Made A Career Out Of Defying Franchise Expectations

Blumhouse reuniting with Flanagan could be very good news for their upcoming Exorcist movies. The filmmaker has already proven his ability to rehabilitate one of their horror franchises when he took on a prequel to Blumhouse’s poorly-reviewed horror hit Ouija, a movie that had a major Rotten Tomatoes splat but nevertheless grossed $103.6 million against a small budget of roughly $5 million. He turned the follow-up into a critical smash that massively outdid the original. Below, see how the Rotten Tomatoes scores compare for both movies:


Title

RT Critic Score

RT Audience Score

Ouija (2014)

6%

24%

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

83%

57%

Although audiences were less warm on Origin of Evil than critics, who gave it a Certified Fresh score, Flanagan’s take on the material nevertheless earned more than twice the original movie’s user score. Since then, the filmmaker has taken on more and more beloved source material for his successful horror projects, winning over audiences with unlikely features including the Shining sequel Doctor Sleep and the Netflix miniseries The Haunting of Hill House, which adapted the Shirley Jackson novel that was adapted into the 1963 Robert Wise classic The Haunting.


Other Mike Flanagan Netflix horrors that succeeded despite legendary source material include The Haunting of Bly Manor (adapting Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw) and The Fall of the House of Usher (loosely adapting the Poe story). With this proven track record of handling classic horror properties with care, Flanagan may be the perfect filmmaker to tackle The Exorcist. It remains to be seen if audiences respond to the new movie in the same way as some of his previous well-received projects, but his name being attached could quite easily help clear any negative reactions stirred up by Believer.

Source: THR

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