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Micky Flanagan adds more dates to his ‘If Ever We Needed It…’ tour

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Comedian Micky Flanagan has added even more dates to his record-breaking ‘If We Ever Needed It…' tour.

Following the success of his arena shows, Flanagan is set to bring his unparalleled humour to the more intimate setting of Theatres across the U.K. Tickets go on general sale Saturday 6 th  April at 10am via  LiveNation.co.uk .   The transition from arenas to theatres promises an even more intimate experience, with fans getting to see the comedian up close and personal. With his trademark cockney charm and infectious energy, Flanagan is sure to leave audiences rolling in the aisles as he discusses life since turning 60, growing older and reflecting on the changes in the world around him, as well as poking fun at his observations on life – it’s definitely for over 16s   Micky Flanagan's theatre shows will showcase his signature wit, storytelling prowess, and unmatched stage presence.

The newly added theatre dates for 2024 are:   Friday 19 April – Canterbury, The Marlowe             Friday 26 April – Reading, The Hexagon Thursday 2 May – Newcastle, O2 City Hall Thursday 16 May – Ipswich, Regent Theatre Friday 24 May – Oxford, New Theatre Saturday 25 May – Oxford, New Theatre                    Friday 31 May – Plymouth, Pavilions Saturday 1 June – Plymouth, Pavilions   Tickets go on general sale Saturday 6 th  April at 10am via  LiveNation.co.uk

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Micky Flanagan announces new tour dates

Friday 17th February 2023, 1:36pm

  • Micky Flanagan is embarking on a major new tour
  • The first dates for If Ever We Needed It... have been announced today
  • Tickets go on sale on Saturday 25th February

Micky Flanagan is going back on tour this year with new show If Ever We Needed It... .

Tickets go on sale next Saturday, 25th February, at 10am, and a first batch of eight dates have been announced today. They will be available to purchase through Ticketmaster .

Promoters tease: "The show covers Micky turning 60 - who'd have thought it? - as well as having sex with your glasses on, his school alumni and his ballbag. It's fair to say it's for over-16s."

Wednesday 15th March - Bournemouth, International Centre Friday 24th March - Dublin, 3Arena Thursday 30th March - Birmingham, Utilita Arena Thursday 13 April - Glasgow, OVO Hydro Thursday 20th April - Leeds, First Direct Arena Thursday 11th May - London, The O2 Friday 12th May - London, The O2 Saturday 13th May - London, The O2

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  • Date 11 May - 2 June 2023
  • Venue The O2 arena
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Micky Flanagan is back with a brand-new live show ‘If Ever We Needed It…’, he’s been double busy writing and it’s already proved a hit with fans. He’ll bring his live show to The O2 for multiple dates in May and June 2023.

He’s the man who gave Britain the “Out Out” phrase, which was used by Piccadilly Circus tube to put a smile on commuters’ faces as we came out out of Lockdown and went on to be used by TFL to encourage people back into theatres, restaurants and clubs.  Micky cut his comedy teeth at these clubs and it clearly paid off. His routines online, including the Perks of Peeping, The Shits Abroad, The Crafty Cockney, Tomato Sauce and Chicken Children, have been viewed in the hundred millions, and are a huge hit on TikTok. He keeps us laughing through the tough times – and if ever we needed it, it’s now! 

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Micky Flanagan announces UK and Ireland comeback tour – here’s how to get tickets

It's the comedian's first tour since 2017

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Comedian Micky Flanagan has announced a UK and Ireland comeback tour – you can find details on how to secure tickets below.

Titled If Ever We Needed It , Flanagan’s new live show beings its tour in Bournemouth on March 15, before heading to Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds and then finishing in London on May 13.

Full details of the tour schedule will be released closer to the date tickets go on sale, which will be at 10am on February 25 . In the meantime, fans can subscribe to the mailing list on his website to secure pre-sale tickets.

Hi all, due to impersonations, this is my official twitter. I’m afraid I won't be using it. For the latest news please join my mailing list at https://t.co/fPxqdXeC9a & subscribe to my youtube channel https://t.co/3exZGRQVWb — Micky Flanagan (@MickyF_Official) February 25, 2021

Per the official description, the show “covers Flanagan turning 60, as well as having sex with your glasses on, his high school alumni and his ballbag. It’s fair to say it’s for over-16s.”

It continues: “He’s the man who gave Britain the “Out Out” phrase, which was used by Piccadilly Circus tube to put a smile on commuters’ faces as we came out out of Lockdown and went on to be used by TfL to encourage people back into theatres, restaurants and clubs. Micky cut his comedy teeth at these clubs and it clearly paid off.

“His routines online, including the Perks of Peeping, The Shits Abroad, The Crafty Cockney, The Demise of Fingering, Tomato Sauce and Chicken Children, have been viewed in the hundred millions, and are a huge hit on TikTok. He keeps us laughing through the tough times – and if ever we needed it, it’s now!”

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The new show will follow Flanagan’s run of previously announced warm up gigs in Newcastle later in February, and Manchester and London in early March. The comedian last took a show on the road in 2017 with his An’ Another Fing Tour.

You can find the tour dates for his warm-up shows below:

February 21, 2023 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, O2 City Hall February 22, 2023 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, O2 City Hall March 1, 2023 – Manchester, O2 Apollo March 2, 2023 – Manchester, O2 Apollo Sun March 5, 2023 – London, Eventim Apollo Mon March 6, 2023 – London, Eventim Apollo Tue March 7, 2023 – London, Eventim Apollo

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Micky Flanagan is back with details of a new show,  If Ever We Needed It .

The tour will kick off in Bournemouth on March 15, and includes stops in Dublin, Birmingham, Glasgow and Leeds, wrapping up in London on May 13. Full details of the cockney comic's schedule are to be released closer to the date tickets go on sale, which will be at 10am on February 25. Check back for further information.

The new trek will see Flanagan covering turning 60, as well as having sex with your glasses on, his school alumni, and his ballbag. Make of that what you will, for now.

It'll follow his run of previously announced warm up gigs in Newcastle later in February, and Manchester and London in early March.

Flanagan last hit the road in 2017 with his  An' Another Fing Tour.

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Tue February 21 2023 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 City Hall Wed February 22 2023 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 City Hall Wed March 01 2023 - MANCHESTER O2 Apollo Thu March 02 2023 - MANCHESTER O2 Apollo Sun March 05 2023 - LONDON Eventim Apollo Mon March 06 2023 - LONDON Eventim Apollo Tue March 07 2023 - LONDON Eventim Apollo

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It will mark the comic's return to big-arena shows after a six-year absence.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 27: Micky Flanagan attends the 40th Dave's Edinburgh Comedy awards at Dovecot studios on August 27, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Euan Cherry/Getty Images)

Fans of Micky Flanagan are poised to snap up tickets for his latest tour titled If Ever We Needed It .

The last time the comedian took a big show on the road was in 2017 with his An’ Another Fing Tour , playing to more than 600,000 people across the UK and Ireland.

Here is what we know about the forthcoming tour and how to get tickets.

What can we expect from the new show?

According to the publicity, the over-16s show will cover – among other things – Flanagan turning 60, having sex with your glasses on and his high school alumni.

It continues: “He’s the man who gave Britain the ‘Out Out’ phrase, which was used by Piccadilly Circus tube to put a smile on commuters’ faces as we came out out of lockdown and went on to be used by TfL to encourage people back into theatres, restaurants and clubs. Micky cut his comedy teeth at these clubs and it clearly paid off.

“He keeps us laughing through the tough times – and if ever we needed it, it’s now!”

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When is the tour?

The tour starts on 15 March in Bournemouth and takes in Dublin, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds and London.

The tour dates are:

  • 15 March 2023: Bournemouth – International Centre (Windsor Hall)
  • 24 March 2023: Dublin – 3 Arena
  • 30 March 2023: Birmingham – Utilita Arena
  • 13 April 2023: Glasgow – Ovo Hydro
  • 20 April 2023: Leeds – First Direct Arena
  • 11, 12 & 13 May 2023: London – O2 Arena

How can I buy tickets?

Tickets will go on sale at 10am on 25 February. You can buy them via Flanagan’s website here .

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Micky Flanagan at the O2 review: for precision-tooled laughs he’s still (out) out there on his own

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It is five years since Micky Flanagan last toured and not a lot has happened to him during those years. As he joked to a packed arena, he mainly pretends to work in his office and watches Bargain Loving Brits. There was a pandemic too, he notes. Or as he puts in with typical Flanaganesque understatement, “we had a bit of aggravation”.

Anyone expecting a David Bowie -style reinvention might be disappointed by the tousle-haired Eastender’s new show If We Ever Needed It. He moans, for example, about the aches and angst of recently turning sixty, but he was having comparable comedic growing pains in his fifties.

Intimate bits of his body are be becoming leathery but his wit is as silky smooth as ever, even when the targets are low-hanging fruit. Big laughs are prompted by a veritable bunch of gripes, from fellow sunbathers on the beach who are more irritating than sand in your sausage rolls to society’s obsession with new teeth and cartoon eyebrows.

As in previous shows Flanagan has plenty to say about the uneasy truce he has with his wife over everything from division of household chores to communicating with each other in their unashamedly big house. A beautifully-observed running gag about the varying volumes of “caller” and “callee” is the closest thing here to his legendary Out Out routine.

Politics is largely skimmed over, although he does deliver arguably the world’s worst Boris Johnson impression. Worst in a good way, that is, so grotesquely exaggerated it is more like a living Hogarth engraving than an audition for Dead Ringers.

Cancel culture and gender politics are mentioned, but unlike certain stand-ups of his age he is not noisily anti-woke and stops well short of spouting the overused mantra of “you can’t saying anything any more”. Instead he uses the idea of being triggered to recall a memorable changing room encounter at his Bethnal Green comprehensive school.

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As ever, Flanagan is happy to be the fall guy throughout, very much playing the blokey male stereotype who prefers shirking to working. At one point he reveals that he recently went to a musical to placate his wife – “torture!” – and wonders if there could be a market for a musical about The Krays.

He might be a little traditional at times, but Flanagan is a fantastic stand-up with an ear for a relatable yarn. Despite being under the weather he landed his punchlines with laser-guided precision, grinning and swaggering around the stage. When it comes to filling vast arenas with smiles he is out there on his own. Or maybe that should be out out there on his own.

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  • Flanagan's horror track record establishes him as the perfect candidate to revive the Friday the 13th franchise.
  • His success in adapting classic horror novels showcases his ability to breathe new life into beloved horror stories.
  • Flanagan's involvement with Stephen King projects makes him a busy director, but one can still hope for a Friday the 13th reboot.

Mike Flanagan 's established history of hits in the horror genre makes it hard not to believe that only he can save the Friday the 13th franchise. While Mike Flanagan has been involved with filmmaking for over two decades, he did not garner mainstream attention until the early 2010s when he started directing full-feature films. He further rose in the ranks as a horror director when his movies like Hush and Gerald's Game started receiving wide acclaim from both viewers and critics.

After helming a line of successful horror movies, Flanagan dipped his feet in the world of television in 2018 and put his impressive ability to adapt classic horror novels on full display. Since then, he has only further solidified his reputation as a master of his craft, explaining why he is getting the opportunity to adapt several original horror novels and direct reboots of popular horror franchises. Since the Friday the 13th franchise could also benefit from his expertise, it would be great if he ever considers directing its reboot in the near future.

The chronological order of the Friday the 13th movies starts off simple enough, but it gets more complicated further down the road.

The Friday The 13th Franchise Explained: What's Going On With The Prequel Show & Movie Future?

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Towards the end of 2022, a Friday the 13th prequel show , Crystal Lake , was confirmed. A24 was announced to be the studio behind it while it was scheduled to be streamed on Peacock. Adrienne King, who had previously appeared in Friday the 13th (1980), Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), and the fan film Jason Rising (2021), was also confirmed as one of the cast members for the series. However, even though the show was initially supposed to be written and executive produced by Bryan Fuller and Victor Miller, Fuller eventually departed from the project .

Since then, no new announcements surrounding the show's new showrunner have been made. A potential film reboot for the franchise has also been in the talks. As reports suggest, this reboot was pitched by Jeff Locker, Jeremy Weiss, and Sean Cunningham in early 2023. Along with the reboot, the three filmmakers reportedly also had ideas for an alternate sequel to the original Friday the 13th in mind. Unfortunately, only little seems to be known about these sequel and reboot plans.

After Taking Over The Exorcist Franchise, Mike Flanagan Would Be Perfect For Saving Friday The 13th

Flanagan has an impressive horror track record.

After collaborating with Netflix for a long time and delivering one hit horror television show after another, Mike Flanagan is finally returning to directing movies again. While his next project is an adaptation of Stephen King's The Life of Chuck , he has also been taken aboard as the director for a reimagining of The Exorcist . Only time will tell whether Flanagan's take on the horror classic will be as brilliant as the original or another mediocre addition to the franchise like 2023's The Exorcist: Believer .

Flanagan has previously worked on the critically acclaimed slasher Hush , proving he can masterfully handle a Friday the 13th reboot if given the opportunity.

However, given how Flanagan has an established history of turning classic horror tales like The Haunting of Hill House , The Fall of the House of Usher , and The Turn of the Screw into scintillating television adaptations, it is hard not to believe he will save The Exorcist franchise. Since the Friday the 13th franchise has also not been as compelling as its early installments in a long time, Mike Flanagan would also be the perfect choice to breathe new life into it. Flanagan has previously worked on the critically acclaimed slasher Hush , proving he can masterfully handle a Friday the 13th reboot if given the opportunity.

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Boasting a star-studded cast that includes Tom Hiddleston, Mark Hamill, Karen Gillan, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, among others, Mike Flanagan's take on Stephen King's The Life of Chuck is perhaps one of his most anticipated upcoming movie projects. As previously mentioned, the horror auteur will also be working on an untitled Exorcist movie, which is scheduled to be released on March 13, 2026 . The director is also associated with an adaptation of Christopher Pike's 1992 novel, The Season of Passage . However, most details surrounding this project are presently unknown.

Mike Flanagan is passionate about the Christopher Pike adaptation and even once revealed (via Twitter ) that the project has been his dream since he was a teenager. Interestingly, The Life of Chuck is not the only Stephen King adaptation Mike Flanagan has his eyes on. As reports confirm, he owns the rights to develop a TV adaptation of the Stephen King's The Dark Tower book series. With so many Mike Flanagan projects lined up for the new future, the director may have little time to accommodate a Friday the 13th reboot. However, one can still hope he will pick it up someday.

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Friday the 13th is a horror-slasher film by director Sean S. Cunningham and follows a group of camp counselors who are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer known to be the site of a child's drowning and a grisly double murder. The film began a decades-long franchise that would eventually lead to the creation of Jason Vorhees, one of the most popular horror icons of all time.

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Mike Flanagan's Exorcist Movie: Everything We Know About The Horror Reboot, And What We're Excited To See

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From its visual effects to its disturbing performances to its legacy as an early entry in the demonic possession subgenre, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist remains one of the best horror movies of all time for a reason. Appropriately enough, it’s that soup-spewing je ne sais quoi that has made it so difficult for other filmmakers to craft sequels and prequels that come anywhere close to being as unnerving as just a few minutes alone with Linda Blair’s Regan. (Here’s our ranking of the Exorcist franchise’s films .) But now horror mastermind Mike Flanagan is adding a new demon-dashing entry to the slate of upcoming horror movies .

To only call Flanagan a filmmaker would be shortchanging both his talents and his resume, as he’s also responsible for some of horror TV’s most critically acclaimed series. After having helmed modern faves such as Oculus and Hush (which will soon be available to stream anew ), Flanagan teamed up with Netflix for several different ghost-filled universes, from The Haunting of Hill House and its Bly Manor follow-up to Midnight Mass to The Fall of the House of Usher . (The latter still holds the title of being my favorite horror show .)

Flanagan is no stranger to using others’ work as a source — he’s currently working on two upcoming Stephen King adaptations — and Ouija: Origin of Evil proved him capable of delivering a sequel that completely outshined the original that he had nothing to do with. As such, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about this new iteration, so let’s walk backwards and up the stairs to tackle everything we know so far about the Blumhouse and Morgan Creek feature.

What Is The Exorcist’s Release Date?

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At this point, it’s not entirely clear what this new project will be formally called, but even without a concrete title, Mike Flanagan's new entry in The Exorcist franchise does have its release date already locked in for March 13, 2026. Yes, that does indeed mean that horror fans will be able to enjoy the flick's hopefully palpable terror on the genre-friendly day of Friday the 13th . (Just don’t expect to find the F13 TV series Crystal Lake to debut anytime before that, since it’s likely not happening anymore .)

Mike Flanagan Is Both Writing And Directing

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As is the norm for the feature filmmaking side of Mike Flanagan’s career, he will be taking on multiple creative roles with his Exorcist franchise entry. Flanagan will write the script which he’ll then direct from, and will also be handling other efforts behind the scenes as a producer through his production shingle Red Room Pictures. (One can blindly presume he’ll also be handling editing duties, as it’s gone for all of his films.)

Here’s how the director reacted to the big news, per his statement in the announcement:

The Exorcist is one of the reasons I became a filmmaker, and it is an honor to have the chance to try something fresh, bold, and terrifying within its universe. Reuniting with my friends at Blumhouse, with whom I’ve made some of my favorite pieces of work, only makes this more exciting.

The new Exorcist film will also boast Flanagan’s longtime producing partner Trevor Noah handling producer duties via Intrepid Pictures. It will be the fourth project that Flanagan, Intrepid and Blumhouse Pictures have teamed up on, following 2013’s Oculus and 2016’s double dose of Hush and Ouija: Origin of Evil .

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Flanagan was revealed to be in talks with Blumhouse in early May 2024 to be tackling some kind of an Exorcist project, but it was unclear at the time if it would be related to prior plans.

We Can Expect Another Amazing Mike Flanagan Cast Ensemble

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At the time of writing, no cast members have been announced for the next Exorcist film, but one of Flanagan’s most notable and enjoyable quirks is that he’s built up a cadre of recurring actors who fill the majority of the roles in his projects, with each new movie and TV show adding to the overall group of talents.

Of all the actors who appear frequently in Mike Flanagan’s projects , the ones who feature the most often are his A+ S.O. Kate Siegel (8), Henry Thomas (8), and Katie Parker (6), while Carla Gugino , Robert Longstreet and Samantha Sloyan have appeared in five projects thus far. If I were a betting horror fanatic, I’d put money on at least four of those names being part of whatever demonic possession is at the heart of the upcoming movie.

The New Film Isn't An Exorcist Sequel, Will Be A 'Radical New’ Take

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At this point, the franchise consists of two direct Exorcist sequels, two alternate versions of a prequel, and 2023's mostly standalone sequel. But it sounds like Mike Flanagan's version could veer in a completely different direction that doesn't tangibly connect to any of the other films. Which is to say, that's how it sounds now, though that assertion could obviously change at any point ahead of production starting.

Blumhouse didn't reveal any specific plot details in the initial announcement, instead referring to the upcoming project as a "radical new take" on The Exorcist . It was confirmed in the same announcement that this will 100% not be a sequel to David Gordon Green 's The Exorcist: Believer , and that it will tell "an all-new story."

Jason Blum shared the following thoughts about going back to the horror well with Mike Flanagan:

Mike’s voice and vision are indispensable for horror fans and we are excited to welcome him back to Blumhouse. I immediately responded to Mike’s new take on the world of The Exorcist and can’t wait for audiences to experience it.

While it isn't so plainly stated there, Jason Blum's wording makes it sound like Mike Flanagan was the inciting factor in this new Exorcist getting off the ground (much like Regan's bed). Considering the interesting ways Flanagan has reworked hugely popular works by Stephen King, Henry James, Shirley Jackson, Edgar Allen Poe, and Christopher Pike for his various shows and movies, I've no hesitation putting all of my faith in the filmmaker finding the perfect way to approach this material with brand new eyes.

Universal Scrapped Its Trilogy Plans After The Exorcist: Believer’s Disappointing Box Office

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In 2021, after Morgan Creek Entertainment started development for a new chapter in the Exorcist franchise, Universal and Peacock notoriously spent $400 million to land the distribution rights. The overall goal was to produce a trilogy of features, with Halloween 's David Gordon Green as the core creative force. He reportedly worked heavily on a second film's script, and wrote out an outline for the third film as well.

Unfortunately for all involved, The Exorcist: Believer did not deliver the kind of box office that would have justified interest in moving forward with the second two films. Its premiere date was shifted to avoid competition with Taylor Swift : The Eras Tour hitting theaters, and its opening weekend intake of $26.5 million was below expectations, and far below what would have been necessary to make good on the distribution money. It eventually pulled in $137 million worldwide, and was released on digital platforms just three weeks later.

At the time, the goal was still to make The Exorcist: Deceiver happen, though the lack of critical acclaim and the lower box office earnings made it pretty clear that franchise would need to go in a different direction. When Jason Blum addressed the franchise's future in March 2024, the line in the sand was drawn, as he confirmed more Exorcist would happen, but indicated a new story direction would be required.

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Mike Flanagan Develops Layered, Complicated Antagonists

Without going into spoilers for any of his projects that readers may not have watched yet, Flanagan's filmography is filled with projects featuring freaky and memorable antagonists who may not always be as downright villainous as they appear, with relatable motivations and points of view. Any movie within the Exorcist franchise obviously has a deep, dark evil at its core, and I'm intrigued to see what kind of mythological lore will be explored in this new take, and how it'll be put through the humanistic prism.

Families Are Often Key To Mike Flanagan's Stories

From the Crains and Wingraves of Hill House and Bly Manor to the Torrences in Doctor Sleep to the Russells in Oculus to the Zanders in his Ouija sequel and beyond, Flanagan is a pro when it comes to setting stories around families, reagardless of whether the central relationships are loving or combative. And not just plain-toast biological families, either, as the Ushers featured several adopted siblings, while Midnight Club and Midnight Mass were as much about communal familes as legal ones. The Exorcist franchise obviously started with the MacNeils, and I'd guess the new project will also hinge on a loving group being torn apart by possession.

Few Directors Are Better With Creepy Visuals And Genuine Scares

Basically every Mike Flanagan project comes with the guarantee that viewers will be rewarded through rewatching. Whether it's to find the cursed Lasser Glass easter eggs or to catch the plethora of hidden background ghosts, source material references, foreshadowing hints to future projects. While Doctor Sleep may not have been the most universally beloved movie, the attention to detail in all the scenes calling back to The Shining are pretty impeccable, and only get more fantastic upon rewatching.

While waiting to hear more about what's on the way from this new Exorcist feature, many of Mike Flanagan's past projects can be watched with a Netflix subscription , so keep those crucifixes close and stay tuned.

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Mike Flanagan’s ‘Exorcist’ Film Set for March 2026 Release From Universal

The “Haunting of Hill House” director’s take on the horror series will be separate from last year’s “The Exorcist: Believer”

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Universal has set the release date of Mike Flanagan’s upcoming reimagining of “The Exorcist” for release on March 13, 2026.

Produced by Blumhouse, the film from the director of “Doctor Sleep” and “The Haunting of Hill House” will be a departure from last year’s “The Exorcist: Believer,” which was meant to be the start of a reboot trilogy similar to that of David Gordon Green’s recent “Halloween” trilogy but grossed $136 million at the global box office after Universal reportedly spent hundreds of millions on a package that covered the rights and production costs for a revival of the horror franchise that began with William Friedkin’s 1973 classic.

The film will be produced by Flanagan’s longtime collaborative producer Trevor Macy for Intrepid Pictures, by Flanagan for his Red Room Pictures, and by Jason Blum for Blumhouse. 

Flanagan’s “Exorcist” film joins a March 2026 slate that remains fairly wide open, with the other movies previously announced for release that month including Warner Bros.’ animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” starring Bill Hader and Amazon Studios’ adaptation of the sci-fi novel “Project Hail Mary” which will star Ryan Gosling and Sandra Hüller and will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

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Director Mike Flanagan gives update on The Dark Tower TV show: 'We're on a great path'

The filmmaker spoke about his dream adaptation of Stephen King's epic tale during a Tribeca Film Festival Q&A.

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The quest to properly adapt The Dark Tower books has been almost as epic a quest as the tale contained in Stephen King 's series of novels. The person currently attempting to bring the story of The Gunslinger to the screen is The Haunting of Hill House director Mike Flanagan . During a Q&A at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday, Flanagan gave an update on his proposed version of King's fantastical yarn.

"That's the one I want to do the most," Flanagan said of The Dark Tower after being asked by moderator Justina Ireland to name his dream project. "I have the rights. We're on strike . But I'm very optimistic that we're on a great path with that, we have good partners, we can't talk about it, but I think it's going to happen. I can't say for certain, but we look good. So I'm hoping that's up there."

Last December, Deadline revealed that Flanagan and his producing partner Trevor Macy were working on an adaptation of The Dark Tower books, which the director envisioned as a five season TV series, followed by two stand-alone features.

"The pilot script is one of my favorite things I've ever gotten to work on," Flanagan said at the time. "It's been surreal working on that. So we've been floored and grateful that Stephen King trusts us with such an undertaking, something so precious to him, and we hope to find the right partners to realize it."

The Dark Tower was previously adapted into a 2017 film starring Idris Elba as protagonist Roland Deschain, a gunslinger from a postapocalyptic world who is searching for the titular tower that is the linchpin of multiple realities. The movie version — which also featured Matthew McConaughey as Roland's nemesis the Man in Black — was a critical and commercial flop, and Amazon passed on a subsequent TV pilot .

Flanagan has experience adapting King, with his previous directing credits including 2017's Gerald's Game and 2019's Doctor Sleep . The filmmaker's next project is miniseries The Fall of the House of Usher , which is based on Edgar Allen Poe's short story and is set to premiere on Netflix this fall.

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