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The Exorcist Will Possess TV Screens
Via Martha Marcy director Sean Durkin

24 May 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Vulture

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The Exorcist Will Possess TV Screens

Here’s an idea we fear will lead to more pea-soup vomiting fury than the happy clapping of hands: though The Exorcist has shown remarkable resistance to remakes*, now someone has had the bright idea to turn William Peter Blatty’s best-selling book into a TV series.

The person spearheading the notion might give a little more reason for calm, though. It's Martha Marcy May Marlene writer-director Sean Durkin, who at least delivered a compelling, well-constructed film with his first effort. And the telly format means the story can be explored in even more depth. The fact that Roy Lee, the producer of the American version of The Ring, is also behind it could give more pause, but it’s at least someone versed in horror, and as remakes go, that wasn't a bad one.

According to Vulture, Durkin’s version will follow the events leading up to the possession of young Regan and particularly the aftermath of a family left picking up the pieces. No network is yet involved, but there have been several interested parties sniffing around the project.

But can any version truly compare with William Friedkin’s solid gold classic? It appears we’re about to find out…

*Unless you count the multiple films that have tried to tackle the possession concept and ripped off the basic idea, anyway.


What do you think of plans for an Exorcist TV series?
We must stop it. I'm going to need an old priest and a young priest.
I'm reserving judgment. It's a good director, and the long-format could be interesting.
I'm all for it. Demonic possession: I love it!
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Posted by Hairypie at 12:45 on 27 May 2012 | Report This Post

Could go either way!
I love Friedkin's original and am pretty sure it will always be the definitive version, it works on so many levels and is so much more than just a horror! If there are some truly excellent script writers involved and they take their time on developing some decent characters and atmosphere this could be a good series. However if it's anything like Exorcist 2 or the other recent prequels than we may have to steer clear! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 18:05 on 25 May 2012 | Report This Post

Good God, they're really determined to squeeze every drop of pea soup out of this franchise. This story has been told successfully, no need to go near it again and again and again. We've seen it all before. Leave it alone. More

Posted by BenTramer at 09:38 on 25 May 2012 | Report This Post

Good God, they're really determined to squeeze every drop of pea soup out of this franchise. This story has been told successfully, no need to go near it again and again and again. We've seen it all before. Leave it alone. More

Posted by BenTramer at 09:38 on 25 May 2012 | Report This Post

Hmmmmmm....
It could be a really good peice of television but niggling in the back of my mind would always be Friedkins monster. More

Posted by fac51thehacienda at 09:01 on 25 May 2012 | Report This Post

I just saw the director's cut of The Exorcist on the big screen, in it's original print. It was great. More

Posted by Whistler at 00:30 on 25 May 2012 | Report This Post

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