Mike Flanagan in Talks to Direct Next Exorcist Film

Speculation has arisen that well-known genre filmmaker Mike Flanagan may be taking the helm of the next installment in the Exorcist film series. Sources have revealed that Flanagan is currently in discussions with Blumhouse and Universal Pictures to direct the upcoming movie. This news comes after it was announced that David Gordon Green, who was initially set to direct the film, had stepped away from the project in January.

Last year, Universal and Blumhouse acquired the rights to The Exorcist franchise from Morgan Creek for a whopping $400 million. The plan was to produce a series of new films, with the first installment, titled The Exorcist: Believer, hitting theaters in October. Despite featuring talented actors such as Leslie Odom Jr. and Ellen Burstyn, the film failed to meet box office expectations, grossing $65.5 million domestically and $136.2 million worldwide.

Mike Flanagan has built a strong reputation in the industry for his work on various projects, including adaptations of Stephen King’s novels such as Doctor Sleep and Gerald’s Game. He is also known for his contributions to popular horror films like Ouija: Origin of Evil and Oculus. In addition to his work in film, Flanagan has also made a mark in the world of television with series like The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, and The Midnight Club. His previous collaborations with Blumhouse on projects like Oculus have been well-received by audiences and critics alike.

In addition to his potential involvement in the Exorcist franchise, Flanagan recently completed production on The Life of Chuck, an adaptation of a Stephen King short story. The film, which features an ensemble cast including Tom Hiddleston and Mark Hamill, is set to be released in the near future. Flanagan’s partnership with producer Trevor Macy through their company Intrepid Pictures has yielded successful projects in the past, and fans are eagerly anticipating their next collaboration.

Mike Flanagan’s possible directorial role in the next Exorcist film represents an exciting opportunity for both the filmmaker and fans of the horror genre. With his proven track record of delivering quality and engaging content, Flanagan is poised to bring a fresh perspective to the iconic franchise and captivate audiences once again.

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