Movies | December 20, 2020 3:45 pm

William Friedkin Not Involved With Potential “The Exorcist” Reboot

The filmmaker addressed the rumors on Twitter

9th Film Festival Lumiere In Lyon : Day Six
Director William Friedkin arrives to unveil a commemorative plaque during 9th Film Festival Lumiere on October 19, 2017 in Lyon, France.
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Almost 50 years after its release, The Exorcist remains a horror classic and a milestone in American filmmaking. It spawned a number of sequels and, more recently, a television series. But in an era where remakes and reboots abound, more than a few people have wondered if a new version of The Exorcist might be in the works.

This speculation picked up steam earlier this year, when rumors of a remake got a little more traction. Admittedly, there isn’t much to go on right now — the description on the reboot’s IMDB page begins with the words “Rumored remake.” But if there is a new version of The Exorcist in the works, one person who won’t be involved is original director William Friedkin.

Earlier this week, Friedkin took to Twitter to indicate that he has no involvement in a remake of his best-known film.

“This isn’t a rumor, it’s a flat-out lie,” Friedkin wrote. “There’s not enough money or motivation in the world to get me to do this.” All of which seems pretty definitive.

If you are looking to revisit Friedkin’s horror classic from a different vantage point, a new documentary recently debuted on Shudder that may be of interest. Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist debuted last month to good reviews.

Exploring the ways a classic developed on its way to the screen doesn’t seem like the worst way to spend a winter night.

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