According to a source close to the project, Russell Crowe has been cast as the lead in “The Pope’s Exorcist,” a film produced by Screen Gems that is based on the life of Father Gabriele Amorth, was a priest who served as the Vatican’s chief exorcist and was responsible for executing over 100,000 exorcisms during his time. He died in the year 2016, at the age of 91.
Gabriele Amorth, S.S.P. was a Roman Catholic priest and exorcist. He was born on May 1, 1925 and passed away on September 16, 2016. During his more than sixty years of service as a priest, he was responsible for performing tens of thousands of exorcisms. Since Amorth oversaw the Roman diocese when he was in charge of exorcism at the Vatican, he was known as the Chief Exorcist.
He is the author of two books based on his personal experiences as an exorcist: “An Exorcist Tells His Story” and “An Exorcist: More Stories.” In these writings, Amorth detailed his struggles against demons who had imprisoned humans in their own depravity. These memoirs were written in the first person in their whole.
Michael Patrick Kaczmarek and Loyola Productions sold Screen Gems the exorcist’s life rights. Screen Gems also acquired Amorth’s two best-selling books. Amorth left behind other treasures, including detailed descriptions of how he rid the globe of demon worshippers.
The current script was written by Evan Spiliotopoulos, and Chuck MacLean made some changes to it. That, in turn, is based on amended original versions written by Chester Hastings and R. Dean McCreary that were done by Michael Petroni.
Julius Avery, whose previous work includes the World War II horror film ‘Overlord,’ has been chosen to direct the feature film, which is planning to begin production in September.
First reported by Hollywood Reporter.