Hollywood is preparing to produce a movie about a possible exorcism that might have taken place at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
“The Incident at Fort Bragg” is reportedly based on the true story of Malachi Martin, who died in 1999 at the age of 78, the Fayetteville Observer reported last week.
Martin was a Catholic priest and an author of 15 books, some of them recounting his experience in performing exorcisms.
While the movie is not in production yet, little is known about it, but it’s likely to take some cues from “Hostage to the Devil,” a documentary about Marin’s life which is named after a book of the same name that Martin authored.
Martin’s book addresses the topic of exorcisms and recounts five cases in which he participated, but didn’t mention Fort Braggs.
The documentary states that Martin was friends with Robert A. Marro Jr., who the documentary states was a CIA agent after graduating from college in 1984.
“The government can train you to do all kinds of things, but for the things that are in the world that we cannot see, they don’t train you for that,” Marro said in the documentary.
The Times UK reported that Marro told the film’s producers that Martin performed an exorcism at a military installation.
Since the movie is not yet in development, it is still unknown when or where the movie is being filmed, but Variety named Flynn Picture Company, which previously produced “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” as the film’s producers along with Lionsgate and also stated Osgood Perkins its director.
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The Catechism of the Catholic Church, which lays out the foundation of the Catholic faith, states that exorcisms are “directed at the expulsion of demons, or to the liberation from demonic possessions.”
The Catholic Code of Canon Law also states that an exorcism must be performed with the permission of the local ordinary, typically the Bishop.
“The real horror of what hurts in possession is the presence of the evil one, and when we start an exorcism, within the first 20 minutes we know whether it’s genuine or not,” Martin said in one of his interviews in “Hostage to the Devil.”