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Mike Flanagan Takes the Helm for New ‘The Exorcist’ Film at Blumhouse

In a thrilling development for horror enthusiasts, Blumhouse has officially announced that famed director Mike Flanagan, recognized for his work on films like “Doctor Sleep” and the critically acclaimed Netflix series “Haunting,” will lend his creative vision to a new installment in the iconic “The Exorcist” franchise. The film, described as “a radical new take” on the beloved horror series, will see Flanagan taking on the multiple roles of writer, director, and producer. This ambitious project will also mark a collaborative effort with genre powerhouse Blumhouse and Morgan Creek Productions.

This announcement comes in the aftermath of the financially disappointing performance of “The Exorcist: Believer,” which was released last year. Despite high expectations, the film only managed to gross $65.5 million in the U.S. and Canada, with a worldwide total of $136.2 million. The film’s director, David Gordon Green, has since parted ways with the franchise, setting the stage for Flanagan’s visionary approach to breathe new life into the series.

According to a press release, the forthcoming film will introduce a completely original storyline set within “The Exorcist” universe, distancing itself from the narrative of the 2023 film. Mike Flanagan will spearhead the project through his newly founded production company, Red Room Pictures. He will be joined in production by Trevor Macy, representing Intrepid Pictures. John Scherer will also play a significant role in the production under the Intrepid banner.

This new project signifies the fourth collaborative venture between Flanagan and Blumhouse, who have previously teamed up on a series of successful horror films. These include “Oculus” (2013), “Hush” (2016), and “Ouija: Origin of Evil” (2016).

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. Trevor Macy, a frequent collaborator and producer on these projects, continues to work closely with Flanagan, ensuring that their unique blend of suspense and storytelling remains intact.

Reflecting on this opportunity, Flanagan expressed his deep-seated reverence for the original film, stating, “The Exorcist is one of the reasons I became a filmmaker, and it is an honor to have the chance to try something fresh, bold, and terrifying within its universe. Reuniting with my friends at Blumhouse, with whom I’ve made some of my favorite pieces of work, only makes this more exciting.”

Blumhouse founder Jason Blum also shared his enthusiasm for the project, praising Flanagan’s unique take on the franchise. “Mike’s voice and vision are indispensable for horror fans, and we are excited to welcome him back to Blumhouse. I immediately responded to Mike’s new take on the world of The Exorcist and can’t wait for audiences to experience it,” remarked Blum.

Echoing these sentiments, David Robinson, Chairman and CEO of Morgan Creek, highlighted the innovative potential of this collaboration. “It’s an honor to be working with Mike. I think his vision for this franchise is going to stun audiences worldwide, and I could not be more excited to be working with him, Trevor, Jason, and the entire Blumhouse Team,” Robinson stated.

Flanagan’s involvement is a reassuring nod to fans of the horror genre, many of whom hold the original “The Exorcist” in high regard as a near-sacred piece of cinematic history. Initially released in 1973, “The Exorcist” has long been hailed as one of the most terrifying films ever made, effectively casting a long shadow over every subsequent horror film. The film, which follows the harrowing tale of a young girl possessed by a demonic entity, left an indelible mark on the genre and continues to influence filmmakers to this day.

While details about the new film’s plot are being kept under wraps, the collaboration of seasoned veterans like Flanagan and the Blumhouse team promises a project of considerable depth and innovation. The film industry and horror aficionados alike will undoubtedly keep a keen eye on the development of this new chapter in “The Exorcist” saga.

As the wheels of production begin to turn, anticipation builds around what can only be described as one of the most tantalizing horror projects on the horizon. With a team of dedicated creatives at its helm, this radical new take on “The Exorcist” aims not just to honor its storied legacy but to redefine it for a new generation of audiences.