Director Announced for The Last Exorcism Sequel
01.23.12 by Ryan
More like The Second to Last Exorcism.
Those that saw The Last Exorcism, Lionsgate's 2010 faux-documentary horror movie, know that the ending didn't easily set up for a sequel, but earning $67 million worldwide on a budget of $1.8 million was too much of an incentive for Lionsgate, who announced that screenwriter Damien Chazelle (Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench) would write the sequel last August (Andrew Gurland and Huck Botko (The Virginity Hit) wrote the original). The studio clearly liked what Chazelle wrote since the latest announcement includes a director.
Deadline reports that Ed Gass-Donnelly (This Beautiful City, Small Town Murder Songs) has been hired to helm the sequel, which is planned for an R-rating instead of the PG-13 rating of the original. Daniel Stamm directed the original.
No details have been revealed about the sequel, besides the announcement that The Last Exorcism 2 will take place 3 months after the end of the first movie and that Ashley Bell will reprise her role as Nell Sweetzer, the supposedly "possessed" girl from The Last Exorcism. Eli Roth (Hostel) will again produce the Last Exorcism sequel, and he admitted that he was "very, very excited to continue to this story."
Obviously with the title of the first one we had not planned on a sequel, but we love the story and subject matter and had what we feel is an inspired idea to continue it. As you can see from other recent films, fans around the world are fascinated by this subject matter, and we want to go deeper and darker this time. The first film worked great as a PG-13 psychological film, but now we want to go R-rated and show the true horror of what this subject matter offers. The biggest creative challenge will be coming up with the right title!
The sequel is expected by late 2012. There's no word on whether the sequel will continue using the faux-documentary style.