Paul Schrader's Exorcist prequel, Paul Schrader's Exorcist: The Beginning, is
finally hitting the big screen after extended controversy saw the film
initially being abandoned.
Schrader, who wrote Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, was snapped up in 2002 to
make a prequel to the classic 1970s horror movie.
But James Robinson, boss of production company Morgan Creek, scrapped the $35
million film movie as it lacked the gratuitous gore of the original movie.
Director Renny Harlin, ex-husband of Thelma & Louise star Geena Davis,
stepped in and re-shot the movie for another $35 million, adding
more of the elements which made The Exorcist such an audience-puller.
But when Harlin's remake nose-dived in the U.S., Morgan Creek and Warner
Brothers decided to release Paul Schrader's original film after all. The film
is set for release in the next two months.
James Robinson's son David, who also works with movie giants Warner Brothers,
told Fox News correspondent Roger Friedman, "I never want to have to go through
anything like this again."
But Schrader views the saga as a positive process with a successful
He says, "They'll be talking about this in film schools for years to come. I
think it was a case of buyer's remorse. I made the script I was given. But then
they saw it and got nervous.
"It wasn't right. It was very upsetting."
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