THE EXORCIST remake CONFIRMED!

Warner Bros. and Morgan Creek Studios today confirmed the 1973 horror classic The Exorcist will be remade for today’s audience. In an exclusive deal, Morgan Creek will produce and Warner Bros. will distribute internationally.

We’ve feared it for along time and discussed it extensively– now, our fears/dreams have come true: Morgan Creek is remaking The Exorcist and have full support of Warner Bros. who will co-distribute domestically and be the sole distributor internationally. Morgan Creek only have 4 years left on The Exorcist license, which is most likely the reason behind the project being green-lit. The deal was signed in January.

Based on the success of recent possession films having good box office turnarounds, including Paranormal Activity (which was inspired by The Exorcist), The Last Exorcism and The Rite starring Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Creek approached Warner Bros. with intentions to remake the “original” possession film. Impressive Blu-ray sales of The Exorcist last Halloween have also fuelled the decision.

No cast or director have been announced. James G. Robinson of Morgan Creek is producing. Original author and screenwriter William Peter Blatty is in no way attached.

The remake is expected to hit screens in time for Halloween 2013, going into production early next year.

In the statement, released to industry trades and online, Robinson adds:

There’s no doubting The Exorcist franchise is a lucrative one, and it’s a license we want to maximize while we still can. It’s clear fans have not been impressed with recent efforts in Exorcist sequels/prequels, so we made the executive decision in January to recreate the glory of the original film.

Appreciators of the original film and possession movies in general are interested in seeing what could be done with a remake, set in modern times.

We’ll be working from Blatty’s original book, but it will be an entirely new screenplay. We start writing in May.

I guess this means mobile telephones and state-of-the-art medical procedures, among other things?

Robinson added:

CaptainHowdy.com is run by a pretty cool guy, and he’s sorry if anyone took this too seriously. It is, of course, one of those silly practical jokes that are celebrated on April first.

Exorcist fans everyone, I love you!

Captain Howdy


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  • Dockerby

    Eddie Coffey,

    That isn’t such a bad choice, but, with all respect to Michael Caine, do you think he has the same piousness that Max Von Sydow had, I have watched many movies with Von Sydow, and in all of them he exudes this great authority, it was a masterstroke of casting by Bill friedekin, your suggestion of Gabriel Byrne as Karras is a good one, he has that same broodiness as Jason Miller,

    I think if this ever was to happen, you would have to cast unknowns in order to allow the movie itself be the star, just as Friedekin did with the original, who had heard of Miller, Blair, Burstyn, and possibly Von Sydow before this movie, due to their brilliant portrayals of the characters they will be forever connected to this film as their finest achievement,

    I watched the movie again last night, (16.10.12) and each time I watch it, i see something within it that I may not have picked up on before, I am something of an expert on this movie, and believe that a remake would be good for today’s audiences, if it is directed with the same sensitivity as the original and not parodied it could be as good as the original, there has to be the right balance though, the story has to be told the same as the original and not fall foul of many recent possession movies, where the possession scenes and exorcism becomes farcical, and it is because of this, I believe a remake hasn’t happened to this point

  • FlyGUY

    The only reason I wouldn’t want this movie remade is because it scared the crap out of me as a child. I can’t wait to see it again! GO FOR IT!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVIIA6SBBGA2ZGZR3NWW2KAPWE Dave

    I was lying awake last night, unable to sleep, whilst lying there a thought came into my head, I dont know where it came from, probably that subconscious area that lies lurking at times of insomnia, I started thinking about the Exorcist, why…? I can’t say, the thread of my thoughts was based around this year being the fortieth anniversary of the novel, and next year will be the fortieth anniversary of the movie, I realised the character Reagan would be 50 years old, I suddenly dreamed up a concept for a new Novel based around her as a mature woman, did she still remember the possession, the Exorcism, is she still affected, what path did her life take, did she marry, all of those things, I dont know if this sounds far fetched or even a non starter, but I do believe if told properly with a strong and believable story it could prove to be very popular,

    The only person who could tell this story is William Blatty himself, after all, Reagan is his creation, would he be interested in such a tale, or has he gone as far as possible with the Exorcist, a came up with a working title, REAGAN 50, I would be interested in what other Exorcist fans think

  • http://www.facebook.com/0xMrF0x Jack Andersen

    HELL NO!!!!

    I CAST YOU OUT!!!!

    … but then again, I would be surprised (positively), if ANYTHING could scare me STILL…

    WHO, cares!!! We’ll never get back The Exorcist, Alien and Star Wars like the 70’s..

  • cellphonessuck

    shut up

  • Noir Katz

    I always said I’d stop watching horror films if The Exorcist was remade. I guess I’ll stop watching horror films now…

  • Potato

    JUST DON’T GO AND F**KING WATCH IT THEN!!

  • Gary Kelly

    I hope they do a great job on this remake cause linda blair was awesome there is only 1 remake I seen that was better then the original from that era I think the remake of the texas chain saw mass was better then the origanal

  • Damien

    still waiting, hear it February 2014, good thing i wasn’t holding my breath.

  • mlceates

    Dick Smith who done thie origonal make up has just passed away and on the same day this news come out. BAD TASTE !!!!

  • Eric Jerome McGeary

    THIS IS NOT FUNNY. NEEDS TO BE STOPPED RIGHT NOW.

  • hudsonCerone

    I’d go see the remake because I love everything about the movie, but the original will no doubt be the best version and the most scariest ever.

  • Maria Esparza

    Y Y Y