EXCLUSIVE: Ángel Gómez has been hired by Screen Gems to direct The Pope’s Exorcist, a genre film based on the exploits of Father Gabriele Amorth. He is the legendary Italian priest who was the Vatican’s chief exorcist and who performed over 100,000 exorcisms for the Church.
Chester Hastings and R. Dean McCreary wrote the script.
Michael Patrick Kaczmarek, Jeff Katz of Worldwide Katz and Eddie Siebert, SJ, President of Loyola Productions, produce. Eric Paquette, Michael Bitar and Giselle Johnson will oversee Screen Gems.
Gomez made his directorial debut with Voices and has become a leading voice in Spanish horror. The film was well received on its theatrical release in Spain and will premiere on Netflix next month. Gomez cut his teeth and directed award-winning short films such as Affection and Behind. He is developing the latter as a feature at Lionsgate with Ghost House and Ground Control.
Screen Gems previously acquired the life rights of Chief Exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth von Kaczmarek and Loyola. These include his two international bestselling memoirs, An Exorcist Tells His Story and An Exorcist: More Stories. Father Amorth, who died in 2016, left a wealth of detailed accounts of his exploits in bringing the devil out of people around the world.
Father Amorth said relatively few of the exorcisms he performed qualified as true demonic possession, but he said his favorite film was The Exorcist, directed by William Friedkin, and that director turned the priest’s life’s work into the documentary The Devil and Father Amorth from 2017.
Gómez is again looked after by CAA, Ground Control and Alison Binder. Hastings and McCreary are repeated by Gersh. Kaczmarek, Katz and Loyola Productions will be re-performed by UTA.