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David Gordon Green Drops Out Of Exorcist Sequel

David Gordon Green is parting ways with “The Exorcist: Deceiver” sequel reboot after previously directing “The Exorcist: Believer.” Instead he will put all of his energy into Nutcrackers starring Ben Stiller, as well as season four of HBO’s The Righteous Gemstones.

via: THR

The Exorcist: Deceiver was set to hit theaters on April 18, 2025, but is now unset. Instead, Universal will use that date to handle the international rollout of Lionsgate’s Antoine Fuqua-directed Michael Jackson biopic Michael.

Last year, Green’s The Exorcist: Believer was a major disappointment at the box office. Universal shelled out a huge $400 million for rights to the iconic horror franchise and planned a trilogy of films. Believer topped out at $136.2 million globally, including just $65.5 million domestically.

Ahead of its release, Green himself cast doubt on his return.

“My intention is just to start making things, and as those plans come together, if I find myself in that [The Exorcist: Deceiver] director’s chair, I’d be thrilled,” Green told The Hollywood Reporter.” But right now, I’m navigating it from a story perspective and looking at my realities of life as I pivot.”

It's just as well DGG walked away from directing the trilogy, which Universal paid $400 million for. Exorcist Believer was a disappointment with horror fans, so it will be interesting to see who they choose.

I actually hope based on the reception from fans, Blumhouse decides to bury the Exorcist franchise altogether.

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