Actor Ellen Burstyn, who starred within the authentic 1973 Exorcist, defined what lastly motivated her to partake in a sequel 50 years later.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Burstyn revealed that her payday for the brand new Exorcist movie additionally included a scholarship program for college students at Pace University in New York City, the place Burstyn teaches in The Actors Studio M.F.A. program. “I’ve turned down many variations of The Exorcist 2,” she mentioned. “I’ve mentioned no each time. This time they provided me a complete bunch of cash and I nonetheless mentioned no. And then they stunned me and so they got here again and mentioned, ‘We doubled the supply.’ I mentioned, ‘OK, let me take into consideration this.'”

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She continued, “The subsequent thought that got here to thoughts was: ‘I really feel just like the satan is asking my worth.’ And the following thought that got here to thoughts was, ‘My worth is a scholarship program for proficient college students at our grasp’s diploma program at Pace University. That’s my worth.’ So I then went again and upped their up and ended up getting what I need. And I’ve acquired a scholarship program for younger actors.”

It was introduced in July 2021 that Halloween‘s David Gordon Green to put in writing and direct the primary entry in Blumhouse Productions’ trilogy of Exorcist sequels, which was acquired by Universal Pictures and Peacock for roughly $400 million. Green’s involvement got here shortly after authentic Exorcist director William Friedkin, said that “there’s not sufficient cash or motivation on the earth to get me to [direct a sequel].”

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Set to come back out in 2023, the primary movie will see Burstyn returning to her position as Chris MacNeill, whereas Hamilton‘s Leslie Odom Jr. will play a father whose daughter has turn into possessed by a demon. In a current interview, Blumhouse Productions founder and CEO Jason Blum mentioned that he hoped the brand new Exorcist movies can be harking back to the Halloween franchise. “Hopefully, we are going to do the identical factor with The Exorcist that we did with Halloween, make it in a means that is recent and value revisiting,” he mentioned. “And feels totally different sufficient in order that individuals are joyful we did it.”

Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis additionally famous the connection between the 2 franchises, even saying she ought to be part of the brand new Exorcist trilogy. “Maybe I ought to be the voice of the devil-like Mercedes McCambridge,” she mentioned. “You see, if David [Gordon Green] offers me an element within the new Exorcist trilogy because the voice of the satan, then it is a full-circle return for me, in a meta means,” referring to how watching The Exorcist at a younger age made her fearful of horror motion pictures.

The Exorcist sequel is presently slated for an Oct. 13, 2023 launch.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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