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6 items from 2001

Neeson Takes On The Devil

1 November 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Reuters reports that Liam Neeson has signed on to play a younger version of Max von Sydow's character, Father Merrin, in the prequel to The Exorcist, titled Exorcist: Dominion. The film, to be directed by John Frankenheimer, takes place in Africa just after World War II. Though neither of the previous Exorcist sequels have received a particularly positive reception, significant star power has been brought to bear behind the scenes as well, with bestselling novelist Caleb Carr reworking a script by Terminator 2 scribe William Wisher. (This story was compiled by IMDb staff) »

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Woods Needed To See The Money Before Vomit Scene

12 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie star James Woods insisted on seeing his $1 million paycheck for Scary Movie 2 before he agreed to being splattered with fake vomit in the sequel. The actor plays a priest in a spoof of The Exorcist and that meant he had to be doused with green gunk - but only after he made sure he was being paid. He says, "I actually called my business manager and said, 'Just send over a copy of the paycheck, ' just before I did the scene. I took one look at all of those zeros and said, 'OK, fire the cannon, let's go.'" Woods didn't stop to think what was actually in the green gunk - because he's sure it was a disgusting list of ingredients. He adds, "I didn't ask, because it is really frightening. The worst part about it was it was really cold - for some reason it congeals better when it is cold." »

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The Exorcist's Writer And Director Sue Warner Brothers

24 May 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The writer and director of The Exorcist are suing film company Warner Brothers for $10 million. William Peter Blatty and William Friedkin have filed a lawsuit against the film's producer and distributor as well as Turner Network Television and Turner Broadcasting System. Friedkin and Blatty are unhappy about a number of things, including breach of contract, according to the Hollywood Reporter. According to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Warner Brothers has allocated to the film unreasonably low shares of the total licence fee paid where the movie is sold as part of a package. The papers say Blatty's contract with Warner Brothers granted him 39% of the net profits from the film and its re-release, while Friedkin was to receive 10% of net profits. The lawsuit claims Warner Brothers has tried to deprive them of the profit shares they were promised. »

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Exorcist Star Dies Of Heart Attack

16 May 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Exorcist star Jason Miller has died at the age of 62 after suffering a heart attack. Miller is best known for playing Father Damien Karrass in the horror classic. The actor and playwright is the son-in-law of film star Jackie Gleason, and the father of heart-throb actor Jason Patric. Miller was nominated for an Oscar for his role in The Exorcist, and won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1973 play, That Championship Season. »

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Exorcist Prequel Is Go!

7 February 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The long-awaited prequel to the definitive horror movie The Exorcist has finally got the go-ahead. Two critically-panned sequels already exist to William Friedkin's acclaimed supernatural tale and now, following the success of The Exorcist re-release with never-before-seen footage last year, it's believed there's a market for more vomit-filled horror flicks. The prequel, called The Exorcist: Dominion, has been in the works for several years and has been penned by top novelist Caleb Carr who is also tipped to direct. The movie will focus on the first battle between Father Merrin - played by Max von Sydow in the original - and the demon Pazuzu, while the young priest is doing missionary work in Africa. A casting call has gone out in Los Angeles for a 10 to 14-year-old boy to take a leading role in the flick - presumably to play the unfortunate child who gets to 'host' the devil, just as Linda Blair did in the 1973 film. The project has already been rubbished by original Exorcist scribe William Peter Blatty »

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Churches Want The Exorcist Boycotted

18 January 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Religious groups in South Africa are threatening to boycott cinemas - because they're planning to show horror flick Exorcist, The (1973). Church representative Ron Steel has urged people not to watch the 1973 cult classic as it deals with demonic possession - and it is the church's view that demonic powers can be stronger than Christians'. The film, which is scheduled for screening from this Friday tells the story of how a demon possesses a young girl, and her subsequent savage exorcism by a priest. »

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