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Apparently the film genre thriller and horror The Pope’s exorcist will return with a sequel.
This is supported by the American magazine Bloody Disgusting (always well-informed, especially with regard to horror genre films): exclusively reports that a new chapter of The Pope’s Exorcist (this is the film’s original title) is now in early development. Sources have assured that a new film is coming soon, but there are currently no further details.
So it is likely that Russell Crowe will return to play the role of the famous Vatican exorcist, Father Amorth.
The Oscar winner plays the real-life exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth, in the horror film directed by director Julius Avery (Overlords), produced by Sony’s Screen Gems. The film is enjoying enormous success, having already grossed 52 million dollars worldwide.
“The sources of Bloody Disgusting indicate that the development of The Pope’s Exorcist 2 is ongoing, but at the moment we have no further details. We expect Crowe to return”, says John Squires in an article that appeared in these hours on the famous US website.
A great box office success that started with a rather low budget
The Pope’s exorcist kicked off with a fairly low production budget, reportedly. In fact, there is talk of “only” 18 million dollars. The great success it is enjoying has allowed it to become very profitable in theaters, reaching its first earnings just a week after its release.
“The same cannot be said of Renfield from Universal, which reportedly cost $65 million and has only earned $17.9 million so far,” continues John Squires on Bloody Disgusting.
The Pope’s Exorcist could turn into a franchise
Screen Gems could have a successful franchise on its hands with The Pope’s Exorcist.
There is certainly no shortage of stories to tell, as the main character is one of the most famous exorcists in history, credited with over 100,000 exorcisms for the Vatican.
Neither The Pope’s exorcist“Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s top exorcist, investigates possession of a child and uncovers a conspiracy the Vatican has been trying to keep secret.”
A stellar cast led by the great Russell Crowe
Franco Nero (Django, John Wick: Chapter 2) plays the pope of the time, joined in the cast by Laurel Marsden (Ms Marvel), Cornell S. John (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Peter DeSouza-Feighoney, Alex Essoe (Doctor Sleep) and Daniel Zovatto (It Follows). Ralph Ineson (The Witch, The Green Knight) voices the film’s demon. But the great star who attracts the eyes is clearly Russell Crowe, here the absolute protagonist.
The production of the film
Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the screenplay, with revisions by Chuck MacLean, based on Michael Petroni’s revised original drafts by Chester Hastings and R. Dean McCreary.
2.0 Entertainment’s Doug Belgrad produced alongside Jesus & Mary’s Michael Patrick Kaczmarek, Worldwide Katz’s Jeff Katz and Loyola Productions’ Eddie Siebert.
The director of The Exorcist (The Exorcist), William Friedkin, told the story of Father Gabriele Amorth in the recent documentary The Devil and Father Amorth.
Father Gabriele Amorth died in 2016 at the age of 91.