William Friedkin, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller, and Linda Blair on the set of The Exorcist (1973). When the studio told Blatty that they had hired Mark Rydell for the film, Blatty stood his ground—and won! In 2000, audiences were treated to The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen, while The Exorcist: Extended Director's Cut arrived in 2010. Morgan CreekGiven the success of the original The Exorcist, it was only a matter of time before a sequel appeared. In 1990, The Exorcist III, which is set 15 years after the events of the original film, was released to mixed reviews.