William Friedkin Directing William Peter Blatty's Exorcist Remake?
This news will probably upset anyone who is a die-hard fan of the original, but there may be hope. In a recent interview with Cemetery Dance (via Bloody-Disgusting), The Exorcist author William Peter Blatty clearly revealed that he was writing a remake of The Exorcist and that William Friedkin was going to direct it. The original 1973 Exorcist, based on Blatty's book, was adapted by Blatty himself and directed by Friedkin as well. So if we're to believe what he says, then it means the two are potentially reteaming again for an Exorcist remake or reboot or something along those lines. Read on for the full quote from Blatty.
"Yes and no. I would love to have been able to include the subplot involving Karl and his daughter Elvira which I did in my first draft, but that script ran to 172 pages, much, much too long. But I might have it my way in the near future, inasmuch as I've written an Exorcist miniseries script that not only faithfully includes all the main elements of the novel, but also some rather spooky new material and scenes, as well as a totally new (and perhaps much more satisfying) ending. I've also updated it. Billy Friedkin has agreed to direct."
Blatty was answering a question about if he would change anything from the original. I did a quick search and couldn't find any mention of an Exorcist remake before this, but I assume it's one of those movies that's always rumored to be remade, just because it's such a well-known and well-loved classic horror. However, it's interesting to note that Blatty said he's writing a miniseries. With other horror miniseries on the way, like Frank Darabont's The Walking Dead, they might just be considering doing a "remake" as a miniseries on TV rather than in theaters. But would that be a grave mistake? Should Exorcist stay on the big screen?