It’s as hard to get excited about new exorcism movies these days as it is new zombie movies, because both sub-genres have quite frankly been run into the ground in recent years. And particularly when it comes to the possession sub-genre, the output has left a whole lot to be desired.
But filmmakers Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch are looking to breathe some new life into the world of demonic possessions with Exorcism Diaries, which Summit Entertainment has just hired the duo to rewrite and direct. The news comes courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter today.
Based on the same true story that inspired The Exorcist, Exorcism Diaries tells of a young woman, fresh out of rehab and looking to make amends, who discovers her family’s horrifying connection to the most famous exorcism of all time may be the cause behind her brother’s increasingly violent behavior.
The 1973 horror classic, which of course started as a novel, was based on the real-life exorcism of a young boy in Cottage City, Maryland, in 1949. The boy underwent several exorcisms, and many scenes in the novel/film were taken directly from the diaries of the priest tasked with conducting them.
Widmyer and Kolsch previously wrote/directed Starry Eyes, one of last year’s most critically-acclaimed horror films. Oculus team Jeff Howard and Mike Flanagan wrote the initial draft of Exorcism Diaries.