McLoughlin tapped for ‘Exorcist’

Morgan Creek names helmer for prequel

Morgan Creek Prods. has tapped Tom McLoughlin to direct “Exorcist: Dominion,” the prequel to the Exorcist saga.

McLoughlin is the director of such films as “One Dark Night,” “Steven King’s Sometimes They Come Back” and “Jason Lives: Friday the 13th, Part VI.”

James G. Robinson, chairman and CEO of Morgan Creek, said: “The original 1973 film was a classic and McLoughlin’s vision for the prequel will allow us to fully explore and complete this extraordinary story.”

“Exorcist: Dominion” traces the story of Father Merrin back to his first encounter with the devil during his missionary work in Africa.

Pic will be produced Robinson and exec produced by Jonathan Zimbert; script was penned by William Wisher (“Terminator II,” with James Cameron), based on the novel by William Peter Blatty. Lensing is slated for a spring start in Africa.

Warner Bros. is handling domestic distribution, while Morgan Creek Intl. will distribute overseas.

McLouglin’s work as a television director includes “In a Child’s Name” for CBS; “Something to Live For: The Alison Gertz Story,” starring Molly Ringwald and Martin Landau; and Hallmark Hall of Fame’s “Journey,” starring Jason Robards and Meg Tilly; and “Behind the Mask,” starring Donald Sutherland.

Morgan Creek recently released the action-comedy “Chill Factor,” starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Skeet Ulrich and has completed production on the psychological thriller “In Crowd,” due in theaters next spring.