The Exorcist is reportedly getting a big screen reboot – and it's going to be released sooner than you might have anticipated.
Dropping the news rather casually in a Deadline report, Morgan Creek Entertainment was revealed to be working on a new take of the iconic 1973 horror film, as well as an upcoming small-screen re-do of David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers.
It also announced that it's due to be released in 2021.
Directed by William Friedkin, The Exorcist centres on an actress who becomes increasingly disturbed by her 12-year-old daughter's behaviour, and the two priests she enlists to help her. Starring the likes of Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb, Jason Miller and the late Max von Sydow, it is frequently hailed as one of the scariest movies within its genre.
While the original was before the production company's time, it's worth noting that Morgan Creek helmed 1990's The Exorcist 3, 2004's Exorcist: The Beginning, and 2005's Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist.
Details about the project remain under wraps, but it's interesting that the team behind it are opting for a movie – the first in the series for 15 years.
The Exorcist received the TV show treatment back in 2016, with a sequel starring Sense8's Alfonso Herrera, The Crown's Ben Daniels and Geena Davis. Given the success of the likes of Halloween recently though, it's unsurprising that the franchise is keen to return to its initial format.
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