Morgan Creek is developing a “theatrical reboot” of The Exorcist. And original director William Friedkin wants us to know he’s NOT involved in any capacity.
Friedkin tweeted: “There’s a rumor on IMDB that I’m involved with a new version Of The Exorcist. This isn’t a rumor, it’s a flat-out lie. There’s not enough money or motivation in the world to get me to do this.”
Check out his tweet below.
One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is also based on actual events. When young Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting odd — levitating, speaking in tongues — her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest (Jason Miller), however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.
The film sports an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. The Critics Consensus reads: The Exorcist rides its supernatural theme to magical effect, with remarkable special effects and an eerie atmosphere, resulting in one of the scariest films of all time.
The Exorcist snagged ten Academy Awards nominations and won Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound. It was the first horror film to earn a nomination for Best Picture. And to all that, the film held the title of the highest-grossing R-rated horror film of all-time (unadjusted for inflation), until Stephen King’s IT hit in 2017.
The theatrical reboot of The Exorcist is targeting a 2021 release date.
Are you up for this reboot?