Exorcist Reboot Writer Explains Pressure of Remaking the Horror Classic

Posted 2022/05/10 3 0

At nearly half a century old, The Exorcist still manages to find its way into the top horror movies of all time and is still seen as one of the most disturbing movies ever made. While the various sequels and prequels never managed to recapture the adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s novel of possession, it would be an even braver person who would attempt to remake it. However, following the two-season reboot of the franchise in the form of a TV series, David Gordon Green and his Halloween Kills co-writer Scott Teems are attempting to do just that.

Having breathed new life into John Carpenter’s Halloween, Teems has been partly responsible for trying to reimagine The Exorcist for a new generation while keeping the terrors of the original intact. That is no mean feat, and despite success with Halloween Kills, and the new release of a remake of Stephen King’s Firestarter, when it comes to The Exorcist, Teems knows that poses a whole new challenge. He told ComicBook.com:

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“It’s a different beast than Halloween because of the way it’s revered in a different way. They both are massively successful and massively popular films, but there’s something about The Exorcist that, for whatever reason, people look at it a little more like it’s more of a ‘film’ as opposed to a ‘movie,’ or however you might want to say it. I feel more pressure in The Exorcist, but I also just, end of the day, we all vowed not to tell this story unless we could tell it in a way that we felt honored.

So we were breaking the story and trying to figure it all out well before there was any deal. Before we even tried to make a deal or to figure out the rights and all that, we wanted to be sure we could figure out a story. So that was our early COVID project, is every Friday morning during the beginning of COVID in early 2020 we would meet over Zoom, me and David and Danny [McBride], Jason Blum, and we would pitch ideas and we would bounce ideas around and I’d go off and write and David would go off and write and we’d come back together and pitch ideas and spent a couple of months doing that. And then we got this story we were excited about and presented it. So it wasn’t until we were really sure … We didn’t want to just do it to do it. We knew it had to be something we all believed in. And we did, we found it.”

Blumhouse is Looking to Create a New Trilogy of Exorcist Movies

While it would be one thing to develop one new movie based on The Exorcist, Jason Blum, who would be producing through Blumhouse, isn’t known for doing things by halves. For that reason, it was no surprise that Blum, along with Green, have already discussed a whole trilogy of Exorcist movies, with Green directing all three.

Of course, the 70s version of The Exorcist spawned two sequels, The Exorcist II: The Heretic, which was not well received at all, and the less connected The Exorcist III, which was actually an overlooked horror movie that should have received more credit than it did. However, in both cases, following in the footsteps of a film that horrified moviegoers in the 70s and continues to do so almost fifty years later is always going to end in some kind of disappointment. All those involved in the remake will be hoping – with the devil’s luck, perhaps – to avoid the same thing happening to their new efforts.

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