Ed Gass-Donnelly ("This Beautiful City," "Small Town Murder Songs") has been hired to direct the R-rated sequel The Last Exorcism 2 according to Deadline.
The original film's story centered on a charlatan exorcist facing a crisis of conscience who invites a documentary crew on his final exorcism where he comes across the possessed Nell (Ashley Bell).
The PG-13 original hit "The Last Exorcism" was made for just 1.5 million and ended up grossing $70 million worldwide
The sequel will pick up three months after that film left off, although further story details are being kept under wraps. Damien Chazelle wrote the script.
Producer Eli Roth says "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".
Production kicks off next month in New Orleans.