The Exorcist (1973)

There’s quite a few Exorcist movies out there, but only one from director William Friedkin.

He fully intends to keep it that way.

Though rumors circulated that a reboot of The Exorcist is coming in 2021, Friedkin shut down accompanying speculation that he was attached to the project.

“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,” Friedkin tweeted.

That’s about as unambiguous a denial as you can get. Friedkin not only denied involvement on an Exorcist reboot, but the possibility of ever remaking the film in the future.

For the record, the origin of the IMDB listing now seems unclear. It apparently spawned from a one-off mention in this Deadline article.

However, Morgan Creek Entertainment also denied that a reboot of The Exorcist is in the works. The production company recently retweeted their 2015 post that promised they would never try to remake the film.

The original 1973 Exorcist adapted the novel by William Peter Blatty. Friedkin directed the film about a 12-year-old girl’s demonic possession. It became the first horror movie ever nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, and remains a fan-favorite and staple of the horror genre today.

Since 1973 four more Exorcist films were released, though Friedkin was not involved and none of these others achieved the same critical success.

So for now, it looks like all signs point to a 2021 Exorcist film as just a rumor blown out of proportion. But what do you think? Would you want another Exorcist film? Let us know in the comments.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly