The Exorcist looks to be the latest classic horror franchise getting a 21st Century reboot. That’s according to Deadline, who reports Morgan Creek Entertainment is gearing up for a theatrical reboot to hit in 2021.
Nothing else is known about the Exorcist reboot as of yet, though theoretically the project will have to ramp up pre-production and casting soon if it is indeed going to see release next year.
Ironically, /Film dug up an old tweet from 2015 indicating the production company would never remake the beloved 1973 movie. Clearly, things have changed in the last five years.
Directed by William Friedkin and based on the novel by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist stars Linda Blair as Regan MacNeil, a young girl possessed by the demon Pazuzu. The film also stars Ellen Burstyn as Regan’s mother Chris, Jason Miller as Father Karras and Max von Sydow as Father Merrin.
Despite horror films rarely garnering much attention at the Oscars, The Exorcist was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won two. The original movie spawned four spinoffs, including 1977’s The Exorcist II: The Heretic and 1990s The Exorcist III and two separate prequels, 2004’s Exorcist: The Beginning and 2005’s Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist.
More recently, The Exorcist was partially rebooted as a TV series on Fox, one which acts as a direct sequel to the original movie and ignores the others in the series. Despite widespread critical acclaim, Fox cancelled the series after its second season. Presumably, the 2021 movie will wipe the slate clean and offer an updated take on the Blatty novel.
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