My favourite horror film of all time is The Exorcist, I just love it with a passion, and while many exorcism horrors have come since, few have matched that films immense power. The exorcism genre is still going strong though, and stills throws up some pretty impressive films from the likes of The Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Last Exorcism, to even fright flicks like The Devil Inside and Exorcismus. The genre is strong, and a new addition is on the way from Summit Entertainment.
Deadline is reporting that the long gestating film, The Exorcism Diaries, has finally bagged a writer after being announced back in 2011. When it was first announced, there were rumours of Jay Baruchel (This is the End, Goon), Jesse Chabot and Mark Opsasnick were all attached to write, but todays report makes no mention of them. It would seem that Summit have now hired black list writer Barbara Marshall to pen the script. Marshall wrote the black list script for Peste, and also helped with staffing on TV series Terra Nova for Fox.
The Exorcism Diaries is based on the book, The Real Story Behind the Exorcist written by Mark Opsasnick. The plot for the film is being heavily guarded, but the book description says that the tale looks at the true story that inspired the famous book (The Exorcist) and film among other tales.
Another description describes the synopsis as “a reporter searching for the truth behind the most famous exorcism in history, but soon discovers that the real-life story is not quite finished. As a result, she finds herself in harm’s way of the same supernatural entity that she is chasing.”
Exorcism Diaries is being produced by Roy Lee, Sonny Mallhi and Doug Davison. The project was originally acquired by Summit as a pitch by Adam Simon and Tim Metcalfe. John Sacchi will oversee the project for the studio.