The Last Exorcism was one of the many surprises of 2010. Besides possessing many viewers into giving the film $62.5 million during its theatrical run, the film managed to convert the many pessimistic horror fans that went into the film expecting a bland PG-13 horror film. Yet, like so many, I was completely won over by the film’s extraordinary cast and its unique approach to the story. I know that some felt the film took a last minute detour into the ridiculous in the film’s final moments, but the film still sticks with me as one of the smartest and well-paced horror films I have seen in a while. Studio Canal clearly saw the success of the film and thus is providing funding for a sequel to the Daniel Stamm film. Scheduled to begin production this fall, the untitled project will be written by Damien Chazelle. Aside from directing an arthouse film about a trumpet player, Chazelle has also sold a “Hitchcock-like” spec script called Grand Piano to the producer of last year’s thriller Buried. As much as I loved The Last Exorcism, I think it is a bizarre choice to move forward with a sequel. Regardless of not following with the title of the original film, I really think it is going to be a stretch to see what Chazelle can add to this story. We’ll have to wait and see.