Mike Flanagan in talks to direct next ‘Exorcist’ film for Blumhouse, Universal

Renowned genre filmmaker Mike Flanagan (Chuck’s life) is in talks to direct the next one Exorcist film for Blumhouse and Universal Pictures, sources have confirmed to Deadline.

Uni and Blumhouse declined comment. Should a deal be struck, Flanagan would take over from David Gordon Green, who left the rebooted franchise in January. Universal and Blumhouse bought the rights The exorcist from Morgan Creek in July 2021 for $400 million, and while the plan at the time was to make at least three new films, it’s unclear if Flanagan would star in more than one.

Starring Leslie Odom Jr. and franchise veteran Ellen Burstyn, trilogy launcher The exorcist: believer fell below expectations when it opened last October to soft domestic revenue of $26.4 million, and went on to gross $65.5 million in the US/Canada, and $136.2 million WW.

The sequel was originally scheduled to hit theaters on April 18, 2025 The exorcist: deceiver was pushed when Green pulled out, with Lionsgate’s Michael Jackson biopic Michael take his place in that slot. Green went on to direct the film Nutcrackerswhich marks Ben Stiller’s first starring role in six years and also returns to work on HBO’s The righteous gemswhose fourth season is not yet scheduled for release.

Taken from the Stephen King adaptation Chuck’s lifestarring Tom Hiddleston, Mark Hamill and more, Flanagan created for that The Fall of the House of Usher for Netflix, a gothic horror miniseries inspired by the stories of Edgar Allen Poe. He previously took on King with projects like Doctor Sleep And Gerard’s gamehe is also known for features like Ouija: Origin of Evil And Oculustogether with The Ghost of Hill House, The Ghost of Bly Manor, The midnight club and other series.

Flanagan is repped by WME, Novo Entertainment and VanderKloot Law.