Ellen Burstyn did ‘The Exorcist’ sequel to fund acting scholarship

The sequel is set to release on the 50th anniversary of the original film’s release.

David Gordon Green’s upcoming sequel to ‘The Exorcist’ got off to a promising start when Ellen Burstyn signed on to reprise his Oscar-nominated role as Chris MacNeil in 2021. The Oscar and Tony winner had only never showed much interest in revisiting his character from the film despite having been approached several times in the past. But this time, everything fell into place. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Burstyn revealed why she finally agreed to do another “Exorcist” film and praised David Gordon Green’s approach to the film.

“You know, what happened was I turned down a lot of versions of ‘The Exorcist 2’. I said no every time,” Burstyn said. offered a whole lot of money and I still said no. And then they surprised me and they came back and said, ‘We doubled the offer.’ I said, ‘OK, let me think about that.’ I thought, ‘That’s a lot of money. Let me think about it.’ The next thought that came to mind was, “I feel like the devil is asking my price.”

As cynical as it seemed to consider revisiting an iconic role for the money, Burstyn soon realized she could take advantage of the lucrative opportunity to do something good for the world.

“The next thought that came to mind was, ‘My award is a scholarship program for talented students in our master’s program at Pace University. This is my price. So I went back and upped their spot and ended up getting what I wanted. And I have a scholarship program for young actors.

Burstyn may have taken on the project for financial reasons, but that doesn’t mean she’s unhappy with the film itself.

“I shot most of the photo,” she says. “The writer-director, David Gordon Green, I really like. I met him and we talked about the script and so on, and I promised him four more days if he needed it. And he edited the film and he wants the four days, so I’m going back in November to shoot four more days. And it will be released in 2024, the 50th anniversary of “The Exorcist”, the original.

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