‘Last Exorcism 2′ Gets A Director, Star & Production Start Date

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Many moviegoers are now pretty much “over” faux documentaries and found-footage flicks about demonic possession, in the aftermath of the widely-panned The Devil Inside. However, another entry in that sub-genre is already due to reach theaters before the end of 2012 – namely, a sequel to the successful 2010 title, The Last Exorcism.

Last Exorcism 2 was first officially announced in late Summer 2011; back then, the tentative plan was to get cameras rolling before the start of 2012 (something that did not happen). The project is now set to begin production next month in New Orleans, under the direction of a little-known filmmaker – and, with a familiar face from the first… er, Last Exorcism set to reappear in the sequel.

Deadline has confirmed that the highly-flexible Ashley Bell will reprise her role as the demonically-possessed (or just psychologically-disturbed?) Nell Sweetzer in the second installment in the Last Exorcism series. She will work under the supervision of director Ed Glass-Donnelly on the sequel, which will once again be produced by actor/director Eli Roth (Hostel, Inglourious Basterds) along with Marc Abraham, Thomas A. Bliss, and Eric Newman.

Donnelly will work on Last Exorcism 2 from a script penned by writer/director Damien Chazelle. Major plot details are being kept firmly under wraps right now, but it has been revealed that the sequel is being fashioned as a R-Rated horror flick (unlike the PG-13 Rated original) and will begin some three months after the climactic events of the first film.

Since chances are good that you’ve never heard of either Chazelle or Donnelly: the former wrote and directed the well-liked, inexpensive (re: shot in 16 mm black-and-white) 2009 indie drama/musical Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, while the latter was responsible for the Festival award-winning drama This Beautiful City and the crime thriller Small Town Murder Songs.

That’s all to say: both the writer and director working on Last Exorcism 2 have experience, when it comes to quickly and effectively delivering darkly gritty entertainment – without the comfort of the average Hollywood film budget. Sounds like a pretty reasonable choice to work on a fast-moving, low-budget project like this.

The Last Exorcism Ashley Bell Last Exorcism 2 Gets A Director, Star & Production Start Date

Ashley Bell as the "troubled" Nell in 'The Last Exorcism'

If the overdone state of the found-footage sub-genre AND the (seemingly) self-contained nature of a film titled The Last Exorcism isn’t reason enough to be somewhat skeptical about the idea of a sequel, there’s also this to consider: the first film’s controversial ending was so messy that even director Daniel Stamm and his producers have clashingly different opinions about what the “correct” interpretation is. Hence, it seems that no matter which interpretation is favored in Last Exorcism 2, the sequel is bound to ruffle some feathers, for that reason.

On the other hand: the open-ended nature of The Last Exorcism‘s ending surely left a number of moviegoers curious about seeing what happens in the aftermath, as will be explored in the followup. That forward linear expansion of the first film’s mythology could also please viewers who prefer that tactic to the back-tracking (retconning?) approach of the Paranormal Activity sequels.

Of course, Last Exorcism 2 could also just end up bypassing on any further exploration of the nature of the first movie’s final 10 minutes (for better or for worse). That seems unlikely, though, seeing how one of the film’s backers, Harold Van Lier, says the sequel will “unravel a profoundly scarier chapter to Nell’s battle between good and evil.”


What are your early thoughts about The Last Exorcism 2? Are you interested in seeing where this sequel goes?

Source: Deadline

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  1. What’s the tag line gonna be? “Sorry we lied. THIS is the last one.”?

    • The reason why it’s called the last exsorcism is because the excosist died in the first one. That was his “last excorsism” your welcome:)

  2. Loved that one! I have no issue with it being titled “The Last Exorcism” and the sequel being ” The Last Exorcism 2″ or some such, since those who saw the first one must know whose last exorcism it was. It wasn’t supposed to be (mild spoiler, maybe) the last exorcism on the planet, ever :-)

  3. OMG, this is going to be a major fail… although, i hope they do a sick poster like they did for the first one… http://thefilminformant.com/2011/02/the-last-exorcism-poster-2/

  4. Wow. -_-’

  5. I hope they dont copy the first film’s style of filming though i dont see why they would. But for the most part i really am looking foreword to this I hate being left on a cliffhanger.

  6. HAHAHAHAHA oxymoron in a movie title
    but really this is lame

  7. I can see it now: “2 Last 2 Exorcism”!!

    • hahhahahahahaa

      • Then the third one can be The Last Exorism: Bangladesh Drift

        • Awesome joke! Had me laughing. Looking forward to a possible fourth installment with Last & Exorcism, which will bring back Cotton, Iris and Daniel to seek revenge on the Devil prior to first development. After the third installment, we will ask: Did Cotton really die in the fiery crash?

    • The Last Exorcism: Dark Territory

  8. I wanna see what they come up with after how the first ended.

    • I dont. lol

  9. the first one was garbage just let it die

  10. The Next Last Exorcism? :-D I wasn’t interested in seeing the first, sure not interested in seeing the other last exorcism.

  11. How about “I know what you did during the Last Exorcism”?

    I think there’s room for more story there. It wasn’t the last exorcism EVER, just the priest’s last exorcism. Awesome ending. Awesome, awesome, awesome.

  12. The last exorcism is the best exorcism film since the rite and i hope that sequels will be good as the first one and it will be film series or trilogy .

  13. Im not going to lie and say I didn’t l.ked the first one… I thought it was sketchy and wicked fun. But, I will say its not original. The idea is used now in so many exorcism films. (Spoiler) girl is trapped inside with a demon poking out like a bundle of sticks at a campout. Cults.. look, we have seen it all before.. but Eli Roth is a mastermind. I don’t doubt the 2nd film will be better and stronger for horror fanatics. I will see it in theatres just as I will see PA 4. I will say I am looking for new material. A new idea. Plot. Something.. but what can I say.. I will never get tired of em.

  14. your all pricks