WIlliam Friedkin Says No To Possible ‘The Exorcist’ Reboot

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.

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.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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