The Last Exorcism? Not So Much; Sequel on the Way
08.24.11 by Ryan
Horror sequels aren't a complicated thing — if a movie achieves any amount of financial success, another installment isn't likely far behind. That's why it was surprising that, after earning $67 million worldwide on a budget of $1.8 million, Lionsgate didn't immediately announce a sequel to The Last Exorcism last August. That's all changed now.
THR reports that a sequel is on the way with a new screenwriter, Damien Chazelle (Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench). Andrew Gurland and Huck Botko (The Virginity Hit) wrote the original.
The Last Exorcism followed an evangelical preacher (Patrick Fabian) who allows himself to be taped by a documentary crew so he can reveal that exorcisms are a scam. Louisiana farm girl Nell (Ashley Bell), however, proves to be a real and frightening challenge. How a sequel plans to follow the original is unknown, though production is set to begin this fall.
Expect director James Wan's Insidious to be the next horror movie to get a sequel. Shot for $1.5 million, the movie earned $91 million worldwide. Producer Jason Blum already admitted that they are "considering" an Insidious sequel.