Well, damn. Universal and Peacock just dropped some serious cash on a new ‘The Exorcist‘ trilogy. This news coming from a report by The New York Times.
According to the report, the studios have teamed up to purchase the rights to the trilogy for a cool $400 million. It’s being described as a “megadeal” and for good reason. That’s a lot of cash to drop, especially during these uncertain times.
It’s also being reported that Ellen Burstyn will reprise her role from the original 1973 classic. She’ll be joined by Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr.
David Gordon Green is set to direct. He’s the writer-director behind the recent ‘Halloween’ films.
Blumhouse is producing with Morgan Creek Entertainment. The first film in the trilogy is expected to arrive in theaters in late 2023, adds the site. ‘Under the terms of the deal, the second and third films could debut on Peacock, according to one of the people briefed on the matter.’
So it’s looking like this could be another theatrical/streaming hybrid release strategy, which is a bit odd because horror films are the one genre performing well inside theaters right now.
The Exorcist franchise hasn’t been on the big screen since the 2005 release of Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist, an alternate version of the previous year’s Exorcist: The Beginning. Those films came in the wake of 1977’s The Exorcist II: The Heretic and 1990’s The Exorcist III.
With a release date set for 2023, it’s likely filming on the first film starts sometime in 2022.
Ethan Hawke worked with Blumhouse and director Scott Derrickson back in 2012 on the supernatural horror film, Sinister. The partnership worked out well, with the film getting rave reviews from critics and making nearly $90 million at the box office against a budget of just $3 million.
And now, the team is getting back together to create a new horror flick. It was just announced that Hawke will team up with Blumhouse and Derrickson again for the upcoming film, The Black Phone.
This project is reportedly adapted from a short story by Joe Hill, and the teaser for the short story can be found below:
John Finney is locked in a basement that’s stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. In the cellar with him is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead. . . .
Sounds intriguing, yeah? The story sounds pretty contained, so we’re not sure if Hawke will have a starring role or not. The only other cast member that’s been announced so far is Anthony Davies.
C. Robert Cargill wrote the script for this project. He was also the co-writer for ‘Sinister’ so they really got the whole team back together for this one.
Filming is set to begin in February in North Carolina, so it’s possible it gets released this fall.
Elisabeth Moss shot to fame after ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ became a breakout hit for Hulu. She has been nominated for several awards for her performance in the series.
And now, she’s making her name known in the feature world as well. Earlier this year (before the pandemic hit) her film ‘The Invisible Man‘ hit theaters after getting some pretty great reviews from critics.
The horror/thriller went on to make over $130 million at the box office with a budget of just $7 million.
And now Blumhouse wants to work with her again. The Emmy-winning actress will star in the upcoming thriller, Mrs. March, based on the still-unpublished book by Virginia Feito.
Moss will star in the film as the titular character, an Upper East Side housewife who starts to lose her grip on reality when she begins to suspect her novelist husband based the odious central character in his latest bestseller on her.
Moss says she read the novel in one sitting and knew she had to play the character.
As a character, she is fascinating, complex, and deeply human and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into her. Mrs. March is exactly the kind of engaging and challenging female led project that Love And Squalor Pictures is built to make.
Feito will write the script. No word on who will direct, or when it’ll be released, but it likely won’t be until late 2021 or sometime in 2022, considering the novel won’t be released until August 2021.
The country is slowly starting to reopen, but theaters are still mostly closed. There are rumors of the bigger chains opening in July, but we’ll see if that actually happens.
In the meantime, studios are still making moves to release films on demand.
It was announced this week that Blumhouse and Universal Pictures will release the supernatural thriller ‘You Should Have Left’ on demand on June 19.
The film, which stars Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried, was originally going to be released inside theaters.
In addition to the release date/format change, they also released a new trailer to get people excited.
[In the film] Bacon’s character is a screenwriter, who travels with his younger wife and 6-year-old to a remote house in the Alps to work on a sequel to his hit film. He begins to lose his bearings when he suspects that a sinister force within the house knows more than he or his wife have revealed, even to each other.
Would you like more information on the upcoming ‘Halloween‘ movie? Of course you do, and after the great trailer the studio released, we don’t blame you. This film looks legit.
And now we know Blumhouse didn’t try to water this thing down by going for a PG-13 rating.
It was announced this week that the film will officially be rated R for “horror violence and bloody images, language, brief drug use and nudity.”
So yeah, they are not holding anything back. That’s basically every single crude thing you can have in a movie. That should make fans of the original film very happy.
For those who don’t know, this sequel was created by David Gordon Green and Danny McBride…
“[They] pitched a take on a new Halloween movie to Blumhouse that quickly received a greenlight: What if you discarded every Halloween sequel and picked up with Laurie Strode 40 years after the most traumatic night of her life?”
It sounds simple, but sometimes simple is best. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters October 19, 2018.
“The Spawn character first appeared in print in 1992, and gained popularity in the comics community almost instantly. In 1997, New Line adapted the character into a feature film starring Michael Jai White. HBO also took a crack at the antihero in an animated series that lasted for three seasons, each with six episodes, and earned two Emmy Awards.
In the comics, Spawn is a human-turned-Hellspawn who possesses superhuman strength and speed, and near immortality. Spawn also has the ability to teleport, shapeshift, and heal.”
This will be McFarlane’s directorial debut. It will be just the second comic-book performance for Foxx. He played Electro in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘ back in 2014.
No word on when this movie is expected to be released, but we will keep you posted. For now, if you want more Foxx, you can catch him in the upcoming ‘Robin Hood‘ film, which is set to be released November 21, 2018.
You have probably heard the name Chris Columbus before. He’s the director behind projects like Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Mrs. Doubtfire and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. You know, just some of the most memorable films ever made. No big deal.
According to a report from Deadline, Columbus is going to try his hand in the horror department. He is teaming up with Blumhouse to create the screen adaptation of Scott Cawthon’s extremely popular video game Five Nights at Freddy’s, which features a security guard battling animatronic robots that come to life.
It’ll be interesting to see how much they stick to the source material here. The key to the game is to survive a night locked inside the building with these creepy a** robots. It’s basically an extremely dark version Chuck E. Cheese. Or a realistic version of Chuck E. Cheese, depending on the location of your Chuck E. Cheese.
It’s really exciting to see Blumhouse and Columbus team up. Blumhouse has taken over the horror genre, and Columbus is one of the best filmmakers alive. As Deadline reports, his credits “count more than $4.1 billion at the global box office.”
Now the question is: who will play the security guard? Jonah Hill?