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Exorcist: The Beginning (August 20th, 2004) [Last Updated: 04/14/04]
Director: Renny Harlin
Writers: William Wisher Jr. & Caleb Carr and Alexi Hawley.

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Director: Paul Schrader
Writers: William Wisher Jr. & Caleb Carr.

The film traces the story of Father Lankester Merrin (Skarsgård) back to his first encounter with the Devil in post-WWII Africa.

See also:
The Exorcist, Exorcist II: The Heretic, The Exorcist III, The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen

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Ring 2, The Brothers Grimm, The Ninth Configuration

01/13/04 Exorcist Prequel: Double Your Demons, Double Your Fun.
Variety reports that Morgan Creek topper James Robinson has plans: He's seeking to have Warner Bros. release both helmers' “Exorcist” prequels simultaneously on DVD. This move would cause a variety of potential problems (DGA accreditations, marketing interest surveys, etc.). If Warners were to accept the idea, it's also unsure how the release would be handled.

Robinson though says the films are distinct enough that it'll generate interest - "This is going to sound unbelievable, but we made a movie - twice. If you see the two movies, you wouldn't believe it's the same d.p. It's almost like a case study (in the difference a director can make". One notable difference is budgets - Schrader's more introspective talky drama cost $32-35 mil, Harlin's action oriented version came in at $52-54 million.

Schrader himself seems keen on the idea - "I'm very proud of my film, and I think it deserves to be seen. If I get the DVD, I can say 'God bless you Renny; may your film do well...The situation is in some ways the ultimate film school exercise, though you usually don't give each director $35 million to make their film".

Exorcist: The Beginning

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