William Friedkin, director and producer of The Exorcist, has died.


David Gordon Green and Jason Blum remembered The Exorcist director William Friedkin as an inspiration to their work.

The death of William Friedkin this week was undoubtedly a major loss to the film community, with the director having helmed such classics as Sorcerer, The French Connection and The Exorcist. David Gordon Green, the director of the upcoming continuation to The Exorcist, and Jason Blum are paying tribute to William Friedkin, the director of one of the most frightening and genre-defining films of all time. Green said that “William Friedkin” was an inspiration for him. I am saddened by the loss of a brilliant artist in our community.

The Exorcist is one of the finest films ever made, along with The French Connection, Sorcerer and so many others. His bold and visionary work will influence filmmakers forever.”Producer Jason Blum, whose Blumhouse Productions is behind The Exorcist: The Believer

, said, “I am personally indebted to William Friedkin and saddened by his loss…More than any other filmmaker, he changed both the way directors approached horror films and also the perception of horror films in the broader culture. We are deeply saddened by his passing and grateful for the work he left behind.”Just a few weeks ago, a trailer for The Believer

was released. The trailer had a lot of similarities to the original, including the score and Ellen Burstyn’s appearance as Chris MacNeil. (Burstyn herself remembered Friedkin as “smart, cultured, fearless and wildly talented…a genius.”) And although William Friedkin had no involvement – and previously stated he had never bothered with any of The Exorcist‘s sequels and so would presumably skip this planned trilogy – Greene did joke they would have liked him to do a rendition of “Tubular Bells.” The Exorcist: Believer arrives on October 13th.Do you think The Exorcist: Believer

will now serve as a tribute to the late William Friedkin? How do you think this film will fit in with the other films of the series, both stylistically and qualitatively? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsGADO_dSgs

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