Variety have reported that the the rejected version of Exorcist: The Beginning directed by Paul Schrader, is to receive a DVD release in conjunction with the Renny Harlin version of the same film when it too is also released on DVD later this year .
Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, was sacked by production company Morgan Creek after he delivered his version of the film. Creek were unhappy with Schrader's vision as being too much of a character-driven period drama.
It seems they were unhappy with the lack of gore, so decided to rehire a new director, Renny Harlin, and completely reshoot the whole film, using the same sets.
The original shoot reportedly cost £32million dollars, whilst Harlin's version cost the production company another £54million, making a total budget for two films of £86million.
It is hoped that the DVD release of Schrader's version will recoup some of the costs, although disributor, Warner Brothers, are still undecided whether to package the films together, or sell independently.
Either way - it's good news for horror fans, as we will now get the chance to see both 'beginnings' to the classic Exorcist, although admittedly they would both have to go some to match the impact that film made. Personally, we're hoping Schrader's film emerges as the most satisfying.
4th Oct 04 With its fine blend of dark humour and shock horror, you will barely be able to avert your gaze from the screen; from the opening sequence on the desolate moors, to the thrilling finale in Piccadilly Circus.