Yet Another Reboot: The Exorcist?

Word on the street is that that a reboot of the 1973 film "The Exorcist" is in the works. But before all you film school & horror movie snobs get your panties in a twist, this has the potential to actually not suck.

The 1973 film, directed by Billy Friedkin was based on the book of the same name by William Peter Blatty, which was inspired by documented accounts of a real exorcism in 1949. The film went on to become one of the most successful horror movie of all time, bringing in 5 Golden Globes and 1o Oscar nominations, winning two for best sound and adapted screenplay (it lost Best Picture to "The Sting.")

In a recent interview with horror mag "Cemetery Dance" Blatty was asked if he would change anything in the original film. His reply was a bit of a surprise:

"Yes and no. I would love to have been able to include the subplot involving Karl and his daughter Elvira which I did in my first draft, but that script ran to 172 pages, much, much too long. But I might have it my way in the near future, inasmuch as I've written an Exorcist miniseries script that not only faithfully includes all the main elements of the novel, but also some rather spooky new material and scenes, as well as a totally new (and perhaps much more satisfying) ending. I've also updated it. Billy Friedkin has agreed to direct."

OK, so it's not just a remake, but a remake with the same writer and director as the original '73 film. With advances in technology, both with film making and computer generated imagery, this could be one of the most anticipated remakes in a long, LONG time.

We'll keep our eyes peeled for more information on this as development progresses.

So what do you think? Will this be a fantastic remake, or just an act of beating a dead horse for more money? Share your thoughts in our comments below.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just another beating of a dead horse for more money. Sigh.

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