The reporter spoke to Friedkin in his bungalow on the Universal Studios lot, no doubt during pre-production work on Sorcerer. The article wraps up with: “Before embarking on The Spirit, Friedkin will make his first film since The Exorcist. It is Sorcerer, which he described as ‘an international action-adventure dealing with magic but not supernatural.'”
Of course, for whatever reason, Friedkin’s The Spirit never happened, which is a real shame — I’d trade 15 Frank Miller Spirits for half of Billy’s. Friedkin went on to follow Sorcerer with The Brink’s Job (1978)
Came across this article on the blog Booksteve’s Library.