Writer Damien Chazelle Set to Script a Sequel to 'The Last Exorcism'

August 22, 2011
Source: Heat Vision

The Last Exorcism

After the film came together with a modest budget of just $1.6 million, Lionsgate was surely pleased to see their found-footage horror thriller The Last Exorcism turn quite a profit by raking in over $67 million at the worldwide box office. That kind of bank makes a sequel pretty much inevitable, so it's no surprise that Heat Vision the producers are moving forward with a follow-up to the film with up-and-coming writer Damien Chazelle writing the script. No director is currently attached to the sequel, but financing has already been rounded up from Studio Canal and production is already slated to being this fall.

The first film focused on an Evangelical preacher (Patrick Fabian) who, after years of performing exorcisms, decides to allow a documentary crew to film the last exorcism he plans to perform, in order to show his work is a fraud. There's no word on what focus the sequel might take, and while I'd like to venture a guess, I'd rather not spoil the ending for anyone who hasn't seen the film. As for Chazelle's involvement, the writer has proven to be a hot commodity with a script appearing on the 2010 Black List, not to mention selling a recent spec script called Grand Pianoto Adrian Guerra, producer of Buried.

In addition, the writer saw his senior thesis, a musical called Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench turned into a feature that played at Tribeca in 2009. It sounds like he has talent on the page in many different arenas, and this sounds like it could be a big boost to his career to allow for more scripts from him down the road. Of course, despite the fact that the sequel to Paranormal Activity delivered a decent continuance of the story, follow-ups to found footage films always leave me skeptical, but I'm willing to see where the story goes.

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  • Jericho
    so we have a sequel to a movie that had 'Last' in its title...
    • ur_babys_daddy
      It will be called, " ok, this is the last to the last exorcism"
    • Anonymous
      well - if you watched the movie, the "preacher" said he was going to do one LAST excorcism to show how he fools people.....and the title came from this. i don't see how you're extrapolating the word to indicate that making a follow-up makes no sense. i have a lot of questions from the movie that i'd like answered.
  • Meh
  • What a great surprise this movie was. Loved it.
    • Anonymous
      i enjoyed it too. i'm wondering if the next one will be a sequel or prequel? i have questions from the first film that could be answered by both.
  • This sounds great! To be honest, I really liked the movie and want to see more. Just because it says "Last" in the title doesn't mean that the movie has to be over, but I can't say that a sequel will be any better.
    • Anonymous
      as long as it's connected to the first one and fills in gaps in the what we know.........and as long as it's as good as the 1st movie; i'll be happy.
  • I loved the first hour and 17 min.  The end was brutal.  Ruined the entire movie.  I would rather not know if it was real or not over some cheesy ending.
    • Kaim
      That is what made the movie so clever. It basically tricked you into really believing the movie was just about how exorcism is fake and religion can make people blind. They do this so well that the ending totally takes you by surprise in the opposite direction. I literally thought the movie was over any minute before they visited the diner and talked to that boy. I was thinking.. this was good but had no real character and then the end just tied everything together. Was the best surprise movie that year for me. I really thought it was a brilliant shift you rarely see in movies. It will be hard to do something similar with the next one.. but hopefully they come up with something unique.
  • Adam L
    The ending begs for a sequel, im so glad!




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