Filmmakers Reveal What Inspired ‘The Exorcism’ And Its Connection to The Exorcist

John Miller and MA Fortin The Exorcism

June 12, 2024

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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An actor gets more than he bargained for in the chilling new trailer for The Exorcism, starring Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe.

The Exorcism is from horror mastermind Kevin Williamson (Scream franchise) and Outerbanks Entertainment. Joshua John Miller directed the film, which boasts a script co-written by Miller and M.A. Fortin, the creative duo behind the hit series “Queen of the South.”

Crowe stars as Anthony Miller, a troubled actor battling inner demons while filming a supernatural horror movie. The lines between reality and performance begin to blur. And his estranged daughter (played by Ryan Simpkins of the “Fear Street” trilogy) investigates the source of his erratic behavior. Is it a relapse into past addictions, or is something more sinister at play?

So, how did the film come to be? I’m always fascinated by this question. What inspired it? I asked Miller and M.A. Fortin this question, and they had a decisive answer. It turns out that the film and Crowe’s character Anthony were very much inspired by Miller’s father, the brilliant actor Jason Miller, who played the iconic role of Father Karras in the 1973 classic The Exorcist. This makes the film even more intense.



With the film’s fantastic cast, gripping story, and connection to one of the best horror films ever made, The Exorcism is bound to be a hit. Watch it in theaters when it premieres on June 21, 2024. Stay tuned for our review.


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