Date: 14th April 2004

Rejected Exorcist 'heads for DVD'

An Exorcist prequel that was rejected for not being gory enough is to come out on DVD alongside a new version that was made to replace it, reports say.
Director Paul Schrader was sacked by Warner Bros after the studio said his prequel left out the blood and guts that made the original film famous.

Renny Harlin was brought in to direct a second version, which is due to reach cinemas later this year.

Both will be released on DVD at the same time, trade paper Variety said.

Exorcist: The Beginning, due to be released in the US in June, cost around $54m (30m) - making total costs for both films currently in the region of $86m (48m).

Source: Press Release