Sequel to low-budget horror/thriller lands director.
Deadline reports that a sequel to the “found footage exorcism” thriller ‘The Last Exorcism’ is set to kick off production next month with Ed Gass-Donnelly (‘This Beautiful City,’ ‘Small Town Murder Songs’) attached to direct.
The Damien Chazelle-penned film will pick up three months after the events of the first movie, which centered on a charlatan exorcist facing a crisis of conscience who invites a documentary crew on his final exorcism where he comes across a possessed young woman named Nell Sweetzer. Ashley Bell will return to reprise her role as Nell.
In a statement producer Eli Roth said, “(We’re) 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!”