Exorcist: The Beginning: According to Variety, Renny Harlin's reshoot of Exorcist: The Beginning, which wrapped Feb. 22nd, has it that not a single frame of the footage shot by Paul Schrader will be included in the bedeviled prequel's new cut.
Harlin's 13-week effort equals the amount of time spent by Schrader on his original shoot.
Schrader ankled the Morgan Creek production last year due to creative differences. Still, his name is reportedly meant to stay on the pic.
Originally budgeted at $25 million, the antecedent to the 1973 horror classic is now jokingly being referred to in Rome as "the sequel to the prequel."
Three original key cast members -- Clara Bellar, Gabriel Mann and pop star Billy Crawford -- are not likely to appear in the final version, since they didn't return for reshooting. A new scribe, Alexi Hawley ("Grimm"), was brought in to rewrite the William Wisher and Caleb Carr script, and a new editor is working only with Harlin's material for the recut, according to sources.
While Schrader's footage is thought to have been considered too tame, new footage is said to generously feature revolving eyeballs, spinning heads and loads of projectile vomit.