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The Real Story Behind The Exorcist headed to the big screen instead of an Exorcist remake

A collective sigh of relief should fall over Exorcist fans with this news.


Bloody-Disgusting got the exclusive scoop recently that film studio Vertigo Entertainment (responsible for producing remakes of The Ring, The Grudge and Quarantine) have abandoned its original idea of remaking The Exorcist.

Instead, the studio will adapt Mark Opsasnick’s book The Real Story Behind The Exorcist.

The book revolves around a reporter trying to track down the real person upon which the movie The Exorcist was based, and discovers that there was more to the story. During the investigation, different tales are told by “witnesses” from their perspective that lead the reporter to the real-life inspiration.

Interestingly, the studio plans to ignore the actual newspaper articles that exist in relation to the case.

I’m going to keep an eye on this project here at CaptainHowdy.com because of its relationship with The Exorcist. It could turn out to be a worthy addition to the story, albeit with a different approach entirely.

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  • Anonymous

    What’s suppose to be the difference here and with Possessed, the showtime movie made in 2000, which really wasn’t a bad movie? I did more reading on this where supposedly one of the characters (the secondary priest) was located in real life and supposedly back tracked on a lot of what happened in the film. I don’t know how much of his story is true or related to secrecy the church kept around the exorcism, but I think any story around it should take into account more than one book or point of view if it wants to be as accurate as possible. Different characters have different experiences anyway.

    As far as directing, If they’re going for realism then go for realism, please don’t do based on a true story where only the audience sees someone standing in the corner jumping out of shadows because based on true story movies have to be witnessed by somebody present and the audience knows if no one else is witnessing it on film then it isn’t part of the witnessed story, not even a subjective point of view. The Amityville Horror and Haunting in Connecticut were good remakes, but they made those mistakes. The unseen man in the corner would be analyzed by an intelligible person as an unnecessary scare tactic making it hard to watch a second time, and hard to suggest to other people as a well directed movie.

    Also don’t make the mistake that a “new” audience means you add hip hop and exaggerated realism into places. You’re talking about a story from the 1940’s. No one needs to rap battle the demon to death at the end of the film and pedophile Freddy doesn’t have to show up. The original films worked because the directors knew where less was more, where special effects sucked (be careful with the CG effects), and how important a coherent interrelated story was. If there has to be a fixation overshadowing the basic person being possessed, the exorcism, and the characters themselves then I know the director will not have read this warning and will be rightfully criticized.