Grab your crosses and holy water – The Exorcist is coming to a TV near you!
It’s been forty years since William Friedkin’s seminal fright flick terrified audiences and forever changed the way we look at pea soup, which means it’s the perfect time to reimagine it for a new generation. However, rather than go the big budget remake route, Morgan Creek and Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin will recreate the classic as a ten episode television series.
Astute horror fans will no doubt recall a 2009 interview in Cemetery Dance magazine wherein author William Peter Blatty dropped the bomb that he’d written a new take on the story – one he envisioned as a miniseries that would be directed by Friedkin. So far, there’s been no official word if this updated version of the tale is based on Blatty’s script, but it is possible given that this retelling is also headed for television. Blatty’s involvement would go a long way to quieting potential naysayers annoyed that yet another legendary story is getting an unneeded update.
The new series will follow Father Damien Karras in the events leading up to the exorcism that serves as the basis for the film and will also chronicle how the family copes in its aftermath. It should, in theory, flesh out the film’s story and function as more than just a simple rehash.
Network execs are already excited about the project according to sources. The series won’t officially be shopped for another two weeks, but apparently calls are already pouring in about acquiring the show for development.
Meanwhile, Susan Montford and Don Murphy are also developing their own TV series about an exorcist, this one entitled The Exorcist Handbook. Montford says that show will be an original production and not a remake, but promises it will be “intense and scary.” It appears as though it’s going to have some heavyweight competition, too.
As horror fiends, we love The Exorcist and are very protective of the film’s legacy. That being said, we’re intrigued by the prospect of a new take on the classic chiller that explores things both before and after the harrowing events of the film. If William Peter Blatty is indeed involved on some level, we’ll be even more interested. The real challenge will be casting – who will play Fathers Karras and Merrin? What about young Regan? Seems like there will be some fierce competition for those parts for sure.
What do you guys think? Are you interested in an updated The Exorcist or should Hollywood leave this classic alone? Share your thoughts below.