Spanish director Ángel Gómez has been tapped to direct The Pope’s Exorcist, a genre film based on the life of Father Gabriele Amorth, the former Chief Exorcist of the Vatican credited with performing over 100,000 exorcisms in his lifetime.
The film’s script is written by Chester Hastings and R. Dean McReary who previously wrote Fanboy together.
Gómez directed a string of short films before making his feature debut with Voces, about a family who moves into a home that locals call “The house of voices.” The haunting film garnered praise from around the world for its quiet, terrifying storytelling. The film is set to premiere next month on Netflix, according to Deadline.
Screen Gems acquired the rights to Father Amorth’s life story including his two best-selling books An Exorcist Tells His Story and An Exorcist: More Stories. The priest, who died in 2016, was previously the subject of a documentary by William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist which was reportedly one of Father Amorth’s favorite films.
There is no word yet on casting for The Pope’s Exorcist, but iHorror will keep you posted on those details as they become available. In the meantime, you can see Friedkin’s documentary titled The Devil and Father Amorth on Netflix.