One of the most famous horror franchises is making it’s returning to cinemas in 2021, which comes after a prolonged delay of fifteen years. This franchise is “The Exorcist” & is considered the most iconic horror film worldwide, next to Psycho. Audiences worldwide first saw the world of Exorcism’s in 1973 & were drawn into its horrific scenes regarding the devil. Ten Academy Awards were gifted to this film for its revolutionary storytelling, including Best Picture of 1973.
Multiple sequels followed after the first Exorcism became a rounding success. This included Exorcist II: The Heretic om 1977, The Exorcist III in 1990, Exorcist: The Beginning in 2004, and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist in 2005. Dominion proved the most unique of these four sequels, acting as an alternative timeline prequel to the original Exorcist. Dominion looked to overtake the former prequel in this franchise, Exorcist: The Beginning. Having both films released year-after-year showed that Morgan Creek Entertainment wanted to rewrite their mistakes from 2004.
Failed Sequels & Reboots
The success behind these sequels was minimal, with the Exorcist II: Heretic being $30 Million. That’s considerably less than what the original film made, which was $441 Million. This prompted the 3rd movie in the Exorcist franchise to be delayed by oddly, thirteen years. When the Exorcist III was released in 1990, box office revenue would max-out at $39 Million. It wouldn’t be until “Exorcist: The Beginning” that profits began returning to this franchise, with $76.8 Million earned worldwide. Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, saw the worst profits in franchise history, maxing out at $241,495.00 USD.
Morgan Creek Entertainment hasn’t revisited this series since 2005, marking a fifteen-year delay since fans of this franchise have had a new entry. Deadline reports that Exorcist will be a reboot, not continuing from the previous sequels. Morgan Creek made this decision after their recent reboot, “The Exorcist: TV Show”. It’s prompt two seasons before cancellation & has minimal viewership on Netflix. Details regarding the storyline & if Exorcist 2021 will be a direct remake of 1973s original, haven’t been revealed to the press. More information is expected in Spring 2021.