Yesterday it was reported that Rachel Weisz has signed on to star in and produce a TV series based on David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers for Amazon, Annapurna Television and Morgan Creek Entertainment. However, right at the end of that article, there was a small mention of something that has quickly overshadowed the Dead Ringers announcement and set the internet ablaze: Morgan Creek is also developing a reboot of William Friedkin’s The Exorcist. Some people may remember that this was being talked about as a possibility back in 2015, but William Friedkin “completely denounced” the idea and Morgan Creek quickly tweeted that they would never remake the movie anyway. Now it seems like their tune may have changed a little bit. Read on to find out what we know.
The news comes courtesy of Deadline, who included this throwaway line in their Dead Ringers article:
“Current Morgan Creek projects include Stay Tuned at AMC, with a planned theatrical reboot of The Exorcist in the works for 2021.”
Yep, that’s it. Obviously there is not much to go on so far and it doesn’t seem like it is worth getting worked up over just yet. But it’s not completely shocking either. There was already a recent TV series based on The Exorcist that ran on Fox for two seasons and was fairly well-received. Prior to that, the mid-2000s brought two terrible attempts at prequels: Renny Harlin’s The Exorcist: The Beginning and Paul Schrader’s Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist. I would guess that whatever they are doing, it will be the standard half-sequel / half-reboot thing that avoids being a straight-up remake. That being said, Max von Sydow passed away earlier this year and I seriously doubt Linda Blair would have anything to do with it. Are you game for a reboot of The Exorcist?