It seems only fitting that a horror classic that was dogged by controversy almost a half-century ago would still be in the eye of the storm today.
As horror fans will no doubt recall, it was announced back in August–and reported here in Horror News Network–that Morgan Creek Entertainment was planning a theatrical release of a reboot of 1973’s The Exorcist sometime in 2021. No casting or directorial choices were given at that time, and details were sketchy at best.
Well, not only are those plans now on shaky ground, but the original film’s director, William Friedkin, recently said he doesn’t want to have anything to do with a possible reboot of his horror masterpiece, as reported by Entertainment Weekly.
Taking to Twitter, the famed filmmaker wrote, “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.” Sounds like he’s made up his mind.
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.
— William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) December 17, 2020
And if that wasn’t enough to throw a bucket of cold water on this reboot fire, Morgan Creek–according to EW–recently retweeted a September 2015 message that said, ” For the record, we will never attempt to remake The Exorcist.” So–to say the least–this potential reboot may be in developmental limbo at this time.
The original classic–directed by Friedkin from a screenplay by William Peter Blatty (adapted from his 1971 novel)–was both praised and admonished for its graphic horror elements. The film–which starred Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Jason Miller and (of course) Linda Blair–told the horrifying tale of the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl and her mother’s desperate attempts to rescue her through an exorcism performed by two priests.
The Exorcist–the first horror film ever nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award–was a box office sensation, grossing $441 million worldwide on a $12-million budget. The original birthed four other–less successful–movies from 1977 through 2005, as well as a TV series that lasted only two seasons.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on this on-again, off-again reboot of The Exorcist.