Get ready horror fans as Pazuzu might be returning to the silver screen once again with a reboot of the iconic horror movie from 1973, The Exorcist.
News of the reboot was buried all the way at the bottom of an article by Deadline on Rachel Weisz’s Dead Ringer TV series, where it wrote that current projects by Morgan Creek Entertainment include a “planned theatrical reboot of The Exorcist in the works for 2021.”
As that was the first time anyone has heard about a feature length reboot of the classic horror film being in development, this statement understandably resulted in quite a stir among fans of horror movies.
Interestingly, as pointed out by Slash Film, the company had explicitly stated in 2015 that of all the titles it will be rebooting after the company rebranded, it will never remake The Exorcist.
The Exorcist reboot is also not listed under the company’s IMDB page as a film that is currently “in development”.
Morgan Creek Entertainment and William Friedkin, the director of the original Exorcist film, has yet to come forward with statements regarding the reboot.
Based on a novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist tells the story of a young girl Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) who ended up being possessed by the demon Pazuzu. The film also starred Ellen Burstyn as Regan’s mother Chris, the recently deceased Max von Sydow as Father Merrin, and Jason Miller as Father Karras.
The Exorcist is often hailed as one of the most terrifying horror movies in history, with the scenes of possessed Regan bending over backwards as she crawled down the stairway, or the climactic exorcism scene near the end of the movie sure to stay in the minds of everyone who has watched it.
The original Exorcist film performed so well that it ended up being nominated for 10 Academy Awards of which it won two. It also spawned four spin-off movies, and a recent TV series on Fox.
With so many classic films getting the reboot treatment these past few years, it is surprising that a film as popular as The Exorcist took this long to be rebooted. We can only wait and see if Morgan Creek Entertainment comes out with a statement regarding this.