Hi, Bryan Here….
Break out the split pea soup, because it’s an excellent day for an exorcism. That’s right, folks. ‘The Exorcist’ is getting remade, but probably not the way you’re thinking it will be. It’s been about 40 years since the original was unleashed in cinemas across the world, and still, it is one of the most celebrated and most horrifying film experiences of several generations.
Sean Durkin, who directed the cult thriller ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene (read my review of that HERE), will be adapting ‘The Exorcist’ in a ten episode TV series. I’m a bit hesitant to think of this being made into a series. But Durkin’s version will follow the events leading up to the demonic possession and focus on the after effects of how the family copes with someone being possessed. Ultimately the family cannot receive any benefitting help from doctors, so they turn to the church to get a priest to perform an exorcism.
Within the next few week, this project will be shopped to networks and I can already hear the network execs scrambling for their offers. I don’t see this working at all if it’s not on HBO, Showtime, Netflix, or AMC. This can’t be watered down. If it is, it won’t work. I have a lot of faith in Durkin doing well, but this is a touchy subject with a lot of hardcore fans.
Will update everyone as more info comes available.