New "Exorcist" Movie In The Works

Herbie J Pilato

Heads will begin to roll - or at least, spin again - in a new version of the classic horror film, The Exorcist, which originally featured Linda Blair as a young woman violently possessed by evil spirits.

According to, "Lidya Jewett will star in The Exorcist, the first film in the rebooted trilogy, which Blumhouse, Morgan Creek, Universal, and Peacock scooped up global rights to for $400M.

The film, "directed by David Gordon Green (of the recent Blumhouse/Miramax Halloween trilogy), took a brief hiatus back in December, however, production has resumed, on track for an Oct. 13 theatrical release," reported Deadline's Anthony D'Alessandro.

As D'Alessandro continued to reveal, "Jewett joins Oscar nominee Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton, One Night In Miami), Ann Dowd, and Ellen Burstyn, who is reprising her role as Chris MacNeil, in what is a continuation of the classic possession horror film.

"The original 1973 film The Exorcist has grossed over $441 million to date worldwide, making it the highest domestic-grossing horror film ever. The picture was also nominated for ten Oscars including one for Burstyn as Best Actress. The movie was the first horror film ever nominated for Best Picture,

"Jewett is a young actor who has appeared in more than 15 film and television shows. Her feature film credits include the lead role in Sam Raimi’s Nightbooks and the recently released Ivy + Bean, both for Netflix, and the Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures, Black Panther, The Darkest Minds, among several other feature films. In television, Jewett has appeared on Good Girls, Grey’s Anatomy, Bunk’d, and other series. She is repped by Paradigm and Luber Roklin Entertainment and attorney Derek Kroeger," D'Akessabdro concluded.

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Herbie J Pilato is the author of several books about pop culture including RETRO ACTIVE TELEVISION, THE 12 BEST SECRETS OF CHRISTMAS, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, TWITCH UPON A STAR, GLAMOUR, GIDGETS AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, DASHING, DARING AND DEBONAIR, and NBC & ME: MY LIFE AS A PAGE IN A BOOK, among others. He's also a TV writer/producer, and has worked for Reelz, Bravo, E!, TLC, and hosted THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, the hit classic TV talk show (which premiered on Amazon Prime in 2019).

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