A couple of years ago, The Exorcist director William Friedkin made a documentary about Father Gabriele Amorth (and you can read our review of The Devil and Father Amorth on THIS LINK), a real-life exorcist who died in 2016 at the age of 91. Now Russell Crowe stars as Father Amorth in a supernatural thriller called The Pope’s Exorcist, which is currently in production – and a newly released image gives us our first look at Crowe as Amorth! You can check it out at the bottom of this article.
The Pope’s Exorcist is set up at Screen Gems. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company acquired the rights to tell the story of the exorcist’s life from Michael Patrick Kaczmarek and the faith-based media company Loyola Productions. This deal included rights to Amorth’s two international bestselling memoirs An exorcist tells his story and An Exorcist: Multiple Storiesas well as other “detailed accounts of his exploits in drawing the devil out of people all over the world.”
Crowe will portray the real-life figure Father Gabriele Amorth, a priest who served as the Vatican’s chief exorcist and who performed more than 100,000 exorcisms in his lifetime. Amorth wrote two memoirs, describing his experiences fighting Satan and demons who had seized people in their evil.
OverlordJulius Avery directs The Pope’s Exorcist from a script by Evan Spiliotopoulos, with revisions by Chuck MacLean. The screenplay was based on original drafts by Chester Hastings & R. Dean McCreary, who received revisions from Michael Petroni.
Scott Strauss, Michael Bitar and Giselle Johnson are overseeing this project for Screen Gems. The film is being produced by Michael Patrick Kaczmarek through his company Jesus & Mary, Loyola President Eddie Siebert, Doug Belgrad of 2.0 Entertainment and Jeff Katz of Worldwide Katz.
Crowe is joined by the cast Alex Essoe (Starry eyes) and Daniel Zovatto (It follows).
The Pope’s Exorcist Sounds interesting to me, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it ends. Are you interested in this one? Share your thoughts on the project by leaving a comment below.
Here is the picture of Russell Crowe as Father Gabriele Amorth in The Pope’s Exorcist: