Devil and Father Amorth, The: Friedkin (The Exorcist) Docu about Real-Life Exorcism

The Exorcist was an Oscar winning smash hit back in 1973.  Yet four decades later, director William Friedkin is still fascinated by the subject.

As a result, he had shot a docu about real-life exorcism, The Devil and Father Amorth.

LD Entertainment announced Friday that it has acquired worldwide rights to the doc.

No release date for The Devil and Father Amorth has been set yet.

The feature follows Father Gabriele Amorth as he performs his ninth exorcism on a woman from Italy whose behavioral changes cannot be helped by psychiatry. Friedkin’s project will also compare 2017’s modern exorcism techniques to those illustrated in the 1973 original film.

“I’ve never stopped being fascinated by the nature of good and evil, and the possibility of demonic possession,” said Friedkin . “The opportunity for me to witness and film an actual exorcism came about, more than four decades after I made ‘The Exorcist,’ completely by accident.”

Friedkin previously worked with LD’s Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon on 2011’s “Killer Joe,” starring Matthew McConaughey.

“I am thrilled to be working again with Billy Friedkin, who is one of the greatest and most prolific filmmakers of our time,” said Liddell. “This documentary shook me to my core and made me wonder — Could demonic possession really exist?”