Believer Sequel Still Moving Forward Despite Poor Reception, But Creative Changes May Occur

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Summary

  • Despite the disappointing reception of The Exorcist: Believer, the sequel The Exorcist: Deceiver is still on track for its planned release in 2025.
  • Believer fell short of box office expectations and received negative reviews, but this hasn’t affected the release plans for Deceiver.
  • While Deceiver has a completed script, sources suggest that the creative approach may be reworked before production begins.


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2025’s The Exorcist: Deceiver is still on track despite the reception of the new movie The Exorcist: Believer. Believer, which is the intended starting point for a trilogy of sequels to the 1973 classic The Exorcist, follows father Victor Fielding (Leslie Odom Jr.) approaching legacy character Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) for help when his daughter and her friend become possessed. The movie’s $26.5 million domestic opening fell short of its original $30-$35 million projections, which were already considered a disappointment. This lukewarm commercial reception was met with a dire critical reception in the form of a 24% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, the reaction to The Exorcist: Believer hasn’t impacted the Exorcist: Deceiver release plans. Having spent $400 million on the distribution rights for a trio of movies, Blumhouse and Universal will carry on with production on the sequel, which is currently slated for release on April 18, 2025. However, THR reports that sources close to the production think that the creative approach to Deceiver will be retooled before it goes into production, despite the movie already having a completed script.


Chris MacNeil confronts the possessed girl in The Exorcist Believer

It makes sense that The Exorcist: Deceiver and the third Exorcist legacy sequel are still in the cards. With such a large monetary investment involved, it would likely take one of the movies winding up majorly in the red for the studios to back out. That is not the case here, as The Exorcist: Believer has already made its $30 million budget back at the global box office, even though it has not yet come close to making up for that $400 million price tag for the franchise itself.

Luckily for the studios, the stage has already been set for a new creative direction for the next movie. In-universe, the Exorcist: Believer ending doesn’t necessarily offer a cliffhanger promising that the main characters will return. Additionally, behind the scenes, director David Gordon Green, who was thought to be helming the entire new trilogy just like his previous trio of Halloween legacy sequels, has recently offered a more doubtful outlook on the possibility of him returning for Deceiver. Star Ellen Burstyn was also only officially attached to return for a single movie.

Because of these factors, the major players in the Exorcist: Believer cast and crew could easily be taken off the board almost entirely for The Exorcist: Deceiver. To succeed, the new movie could take a similar approach to Believer, telling an entirely new possession story set in the same universe, though with a renewed focus on a more commercial storyline. There is also the possibility that Linda Blair could return as Regan MacNeil, providing the sequel with a new legacy character to center its plot around that could potentially pique the interest of longtime fans of the franchise.

Source: THR

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