David Gordon Green will begin filming his ‘Exorcist’ reboot “in a couple of weeks.”
The “Halloween Ends” filmmaker will be at the helm of another horror franchise as he looks to revamp the iconic 1973 film, with Ellen Burstyn back in the fold.
Speaking to Variety, Green said: “We start in a couple of weeks and we’re ready to roll up our sleeves and dive into the next big franchise.
“We have an amazing cast and scripts that we’re excited about.”
Universal has spent $400 million on the upcoming trilogy, which is being produced by Blumhouse and sees Burstyn again as Chris MacNeil, the woman who brought two Catholic priests to perform an exorcism on her possessed daughter, played by Linda Blair.
Looking ahead to the reboot’s first installment, which is slated for a 2023 release, Green added: “[I’m] an honor to enter something that is so valuable in the history of cinema.
“And knowing that there’s a fan base that’s curious, aware, alert, potentially concerned to see what we’re doing.
“What I like is that people say, ‘Is it stressful?’ No, it’s exciting because I spent so much of my life making movies, and you’re just asking the audience to tune in, see what’s going on, or buy tickets to the movie.”
The director noted that he has “stories to tell” and his own “imagination to express”, while also having some “deep” conversations with Burstyn about his character.
He explained, “In a lot of these experiences, I’m looking for such established and insightful talent, so I just ask a lot of questions and listen to what their perspective on the world is and how that informs their creativity.
“It’s like calling your spiritual advisor. We’re communicating on different levels and it’s important for a project like this to have that respect for what people are going through inside.”