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Jeremy Slater Talks ‘The Exorcist III’ Influence On “The Exorcist” Season 2

In one of the most brilliant twists in television history, we learned about halfway through the first season of FOX’s “The Exorcist” that Geena Davis’ Angela Rance was actually Regan MacNeil, firmly connecting the series to the film franchise as a decades-later sequel. So then, will the forthcoming second season have any ties to the film franchise?

Not exactly, but creator Jeremy Slater did tease some connections in a chat with THR.

There’s a moment from The Exorcist III that every horror fan knows and loves. We’re looking into how we can get that moment in our show this year. It involves a hospital. It’s the single best jump scare in horror movie history aside from Ben Gardner’s head coming out of the boat in Jaws,” Slater teased. “Also, I love the idea of a demonic serial killer. We’re not exactly doing the Gemini Killer (Brad Dourif) this year with the new demon. But, I think you are going to see that this demon has a pattern and a methodology. It’s a boogeyman throughout history that has claimed a lot of notches on its belt. It’s nowhere closer to being finished.”

In the same interview, Slater noted that Season 2 will have an early Spielberg influence, with “some Poltergeist in there.” He also hopes that the cast of young actors this time around will bring an IT/”Stranger Things” vibe to the new season.

Opening an entirely new chapter in the iconic franchise, this year’s second season of “The Exorcist” finds Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) and a newly collarless Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels) out of Chicago and on the road, searching out evil.

“Across the Atlantic, Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan) attempts to weed out those within the Vatican who have turned against God. Ultimately, Tomas and Marcus are led to Andrew Kim (John Cho), a former child psychologist who runs a group home for five at-risk foster children on a secluded private island off the coast of Seattle.”

“When one of the children under Andrew’s care is targeted by a powerful force, the two priests head west, setting themselves on a collision course with Hell.”

Zuleikha Robinson, Li Jun Li and Brianna Hildebrand also star.

As previously noted, Season One stars Geena Davis, Hannah Kasulka, Brianne Howey and Alan Ruck will NOT be coming back… but they COULD have cameos at some point.

“The Exorcist” is from Morgan Creek Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series was created by Jeremy Slater. Slater, Sean Crouch, Rupert Wyatt, Roy Lee, James Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall serve as executive producers.

The new season premieres Friday, Sept. 29 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.




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