Sony Screen Gems has acquired the exclusive life rights of Father Gabriele Amorth, the legendary Italian priest who performed tens of thousands of exorcisms for the Vatican, reported Deadline. Also part of the deal is rights to his two international bestselling novels “An Exorcist Tells His Story”, and “An Exorcist: More Stories”.
Father Amorth, who died in 2016, left behind a trove of detailed accounts of his exploits pulling the devil out of people all over the world.
Amorth was the subject of The Orchard’s doc, The Devil and Father Amorth, which released just a few weeks ago (pictured).
It gives Screen Gems an opportunity to craft a genre franchise, explains the site, noting the success of The Amityville Horror, The Haunting In Connecticut, and The Conjuring franchise and its hit spinoffs that are based on the case filed of Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Michael Patrick Kaczmarek – who worked for years to initially acquire Amorth’s life rights, personal writings and case files from Amorth’s Italian publisher – will produce. Loyola Productions President Edward Siebert, S.J. and former New Line and Fox exec and current ESPN broadcaster Jeff Katz will be exec producers. Katz is writing the script based on his treatment. Eriq Paquette will oversee for Screen Gems.