‘The Exorcist: Believer’ starts streaming on Peacock on December 1

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What an excellent day for an exorcism.

The Blumhouse film “The Exorcist: Believer” will make its streaming debut on Peacock starting on December 1.

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Directed by David Gordon Green and co-written by Green and Peter Sattler (from a story by Green, Sattler, and Danny McBride), “The Exorcist: Believer” is a direct sequel to the 1973 classic “The Exorcist” and returned star Ellen Burstyn to the franchise for the first time since she received a Best Actress nomination for the original film.

“At first, she was very skeptical,” Green told A.frame, the academy’s editorial website. “Her immediate answer was, ‘Hell no.’ I think people have approached her many times about sequels, so I said, ‘If you won’t be in my movie, at least be my friend.’”

Green told the outlet he and Burstyn then began discussing his intentions for the film – particularly his approach to the material. 

“Ellen and I spoke and shared literature and philosophies and had a few social conversations. When I then sent her the script, I think she was probably, in my eyes, pleasantly surprised that I’d incorporated some of the conversations that we had, that I’d personalized it for her and taken great lengths to pay respect to the Chris MacNeil character 50 years later,” Green said. “We had a tremendous collaboration, and I’m very proud to have worked with her.”

“The Exorcist” was directed by the late William Friedkin and the film remains one of the most beloved horror movies ever made. It was a 10-time Oscar nominee – including Best Picture and Best Director – and won two awards (Best Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay for William Blatty, who adapted his book to the screen).

Green’s new film picks up 50 years after the events of the original. The project focuses on Victor (Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr.) who has raised his daughter Angela alone since his wife’s death. The logline continues: “After Angela and her friend return from a three-day disappearance with missing memories, they begin displaying frightening behavior. Victor’s best hope is to find the only person who has seen anything like this before: Chris MacNeil, whose haunting experience with her daughter Regan may be the key to combating ultimate evil.”

“The Exorcist: Believer” is the first of a planned multi-part franchise that Blumhouse will produce for Universal. When the film arrives on Peacock starting on December 1, it will join multiple Blumhouse projects available on the streaming service, including:

  • Black Phone 

  • Dangerous Breed: Crime.Cons.Cats  

  • Don’t Let Go  

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s  

  • Halloween Kickback  

  • Sick  

  • The Hunt  

  • The Invisible Man (2020)  

  • The Lazarus Effect  

  • The Purge (series) S1   

  • The Purge (series) S2  

  • They/Them  

  • Vengeance  

  • You Should Have Left  

For more on how to watch “The Exorcist: Believer” and to subscribe to Peacock, head here.

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