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Author of "The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir", published by Harper.
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[on adapting The Wages of Fear
(1953) into Sorcerer
(1977)] I believed that the story was timeless because it involved four guys who are basically enemies but who had to work together or blow up. It seemed to me that that was a metaphor for the world, and still is. You have all these countries that either have to find a way to come together and cooperate or the world will be destroyed.
Was offered the chance to direct The Exorcist
(1973) by producer William Peter Blatty
after Blatty screened The French Connection
(1971). Warner Bros. had been pressuring him to use another director but after seeing Friedkin's film, Blatty decided he wanted the film of his novel to be infused with as much energy as Friedkin had brought to "The French Connection".