After the wild success of The Last Exorcism, which grossed $70 million on a $1 million budget, it was immediately announced a sequel would be made as soon as possible. It seems that sequel is well under way, as it was reported a while back that Damien Chazelle was hired to write the script, and now it is being announced that Ed Gass-Donnelly, a small-budget director from Canada who had some success with his past two features This Beautiful City and Small Town Murder Songs. Also announced was the return of Ashley Bell as Nell, who will be the main character of this film.
Eli Roth is back to produce of course, and he had an interesting tidbit of information for the fans (via Deadline):
“[We are] very, very excited to continue to this story. Obviously with the title of the first one we had not planned on a sequel, but we love the story and subject matter and had what we feel is an inspired idea to continue it. As you can see from other recent films, fans around the world are fascinated by this subject matter, and we want to go deeper and darker this time. The first film worked great as a PG-13 psychological film, but now we want to go R-rated and show the true horror of what this subject matter offers. The biggest creative challenge will be coming up with the right title!”
Interesting, as I believe a large part of the success behind The Last Exorcism was the PG-13 rating, as a younger, less discerning audience was more easily able to see it. While The Devil Inside did well compared to its budget, it would probably have more legs if it were rated PG-13. The film starts shooting next month in New Orleans, so we’ll bring you any further developments when they come, but expect this one within the next year.