'The Exorcist' Becomes Small Screen Mini-Series

'Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene' writer-director Sean Durkin is adapting the William Peter Blatty novel into ten episodes.

The Exorcist gets a new TV series adaptation
The Exorcist gets a new TV series adaptation
Martha Marcy May Marlene writer-director Sean Durkin is reworking The Exorcist as a 10-episode TV series, with Roy Lee attached to produce.

Morgan Creek is backing this series, adapted from the classic William Peter Blatty novel. The show will take a different approach than the 1973 film classic, following the events that lead up to the demonic possession, and how the family turns to Father Damien Karras after doctors and psychiatrists fail to explain the bizarre behavior.

The series won't be shopped to the networks for two weeks, although executives are already scheduling meetings for this updated series.

William Friedkin directed the 1973 adaptation of The Exorcist, which centered on a priest (Max von Sydow) who tries to remove a demonic spirit from a young girl. It was the first horror movie to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

The Exorcist was released December 26th, 1973 and stars Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, Linda Blair, Reverend William O'Malley. The film is directed by William Friedkin.



Sources: Vulture

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  1. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- Yet.....

    What in the hell are they thinking anyway? There's a huge chance this will be cancelled within the first three episodes! They can't possibly expect profit from this!

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  2. skywise

    @bawnian-dexeus i was like 8 when i saw it and altho it was before my time i saw it on video in the 80's when horror was just really taking off. I think it had a differnt effect on people in those days. I heard that people walked out of the movie they were so truamatized. Funny now to think of it but hell when i saw the remake of Texas chainsaw people left the theater.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  3. masterofthemoon

    Who cares, this movie is over rated.

    2 years agoby @masterofthemoonFlag

  4. Writer220

    The original scared me as well, it was the later films I didn't care for.

    Sorry about the other comment I was only joking around

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  5. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @skywise The original never scared me, but the head spin was genius

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  6. Messenger

    Being a MAJOR fan of the original movie I'm ok with this. A mini series can really expand the character more than a two hour movie could.

    2 years agoby @messengerFlag

  7. thedude-abides

    at least it's not a remake...

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  8. CelluloidDreams

    F-ing Stupid!!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  9. JasonKat

    I hate to say it but i much rather see a "remake" than a tv show of this.

    2 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  10. Writer220

    That's a good picture of my last girlfriend...

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  11. K.Guy

    @ROFLitschristian Said the words out of my mouth

    2 years agoby @kguyFlag

  12. skywise

    as a kid the original scared me stupid. i was either abused or my parents were progresive...or maybe they couldn't afford a babysitter but i got see pretty much everything. This gave me nightmares for weeks. However, looking back on this film with adult vision it really is sort of silly. I would love to see a modern take on William Peter Baletty's classic story (preferably on HBO)

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  13. ROFLitschristian

    Is this sh*t really necessary?

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag