Date: 1st August 2002

Exorcist Prequel Gets A New Director

Paul Schrader is in negotiations to direct the untitled prequel to The Exorcist.

He will be taking over from the late John Frankenheimer, who voluntarily stepped down from the project one month before his death.

The movie will star Gabriel Mann, Liam Neeson and Australian actor Billy Crawford.

It is based around the story of Father Merrin, played by Neeson, and his first encounter with the devil while doing missionary work in post-Second World War Africa.

Shooting on the prequel is expected to begin in the UK and in Spain in November.

Source: Press Release