Man on Wire's James Marsh Will Unveil The Vatican Tapes
by Ethan Anderton
November 8, 2009
British director James Marsh made huge waves with his exhilarating documentary Man on Wire, which is apparently loved by nearly everyone. Now Marsh will jump back to feature films as THR reports he will be helming the supernatual thriller The Vatican Tapes which centers on a series of events that unfold after a tape gets leaked from the Vatican displaying an exorcism that goes wrong. At least they're laying this all out on the table as opposed to The Exorcism of Emily Rose which instead portrayed itself as an Exorcist style horror flick, when it was really just a courtroom drama with unfrightening flashbacks. That's right, I said it.
Chris Borrelli wrote the screenplay based on a story envisioned by himself and Chris Morgan, but no cast is attached yet. This isn't the first time Marsh has directed a non-documentary film, as he directed The King starring Gael Garcia Bernal in 2005. At first it seemed like this had the potential to be another Blair Witch Project / Paranormal Activity kind of project with an exorcism shot first-person and all the crazy demonic activity it would entail. But it looks like the meat and potatoes of this story is what follows the release of the "Vatican Tapes" rather than the tapes themselves. We'll see what Mr. Marsh has in store for us soon enough.