Exorcist: The Beginning

Year:2004
Director:Renny Harlin
Written by:Alexi Hawley (Screenplay), William Wisher Jr. (Story), Caleb Carr (Story)

Script Synopsis:Having lived through traumatizing events during WWII, Father Lankester Merrin takes a sabbatical from the Church to conduct archaeological excavations in British-administered East Africa. Merrin unearths an ancient Byzantine church believed have been built and then immediately buried to keep down evil from the crypt below. The natives are convinced that uncovering the church has unleashed a demon, and begin to violently clash with the British military troops. As the village rapidly disintegrates into chaos and war, Merrin must face-off with the demon which has taken possession of somebody close to him.
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William Peter Blatty Scripts

Mainstream success is often thwarted when a director decides to make a religious film. For the most part, these films are focused at ‘specialty audiences’ that choose their films out of a sense of pious duty instead of interest. However, there are a small amount of directors who are able to bring religion into a cinematic perspective and create a film that funnels crowds of religious and non-religious people alike. Some examples include Mel Gibson with his highly successful Passion of the Christ (2004) and Cecil B. DeMille’s groundbreaking epic The Ten Commandments (1956). These films attempted to show the beauty and power of God in all its cinematic artistry.

On the flip side of the coin are directors like William Peter Blatty who have taken ideas from religion to show a much darker vision to audiences. With his first novel, Blatty was able to take one of the scariest characters from biblical text and turn it into a terrifyingly cinematic monster. The result was the notoriously frightening film entitled The Exorcist (1973). The film launched Blatty into success not only because the film was frightening but also because it was based on an actual occurrence.

When Blatty was in college, he read in a newspaper about a young boy who was demon possessed in the local area. The story intrigued him for years and inspired the film that is now considered a masterpiece. After this film came many other films including The Exorcist 3: Legion (1990) which Blatty directed, and the most recent exorcism film Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005). While Blatty has written, starred in and directed many films to date, these are the films that he will most likely be remembered for in the future and will be a great influence to film makers yet to come.

Filmography

(2005) Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist Script

(2004) Exorcist: The Beginning Script

(1990) The Exorcist III: Legion Script (Requires Subscription)

(1990) The Ninth Configuration Script (Limited Release/For Purchase)

(1973) The Exorcist Script

(1970) Darling Lili Script (Original Script for Purchase)

(1969) The Great Bank Robbery

(1967) Gunn

(1966) What Did You Do in the War Daddy?

(1965) Promise Her Anything

(1965) John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! Script (Torrent Download)

(1964) A Shot in the Dark

(1963) The Man From the Diner’s Club