If you’re not going through remake/reboot/reimagining fatigue then you are absolutely in luck, a classic horror film is about to come to TV screens as a weekly show. The Exorcist is actually going to be a television show.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the television iteration of The Exorcist was just ordered to series for the 2016-2017 TV season by FOX. The show was picked up along with other titles Pitch, Making History, The Mick, APB and another reboot, Lethal Weapon. 20th Century Fox Television is behind the show, as the network likes to have an ownership stake in as many new shows on the channel as possible.
The Exorcist will be a modern telling of the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty, which, of course, detailed the demonic possession of pre-teen Regan MacNeil and the priest who tries to exorcise the demon from her. The show that that book will be based on is planned as a serialized psychological thriller that looks at two very different men as they try to solve the demonic possession case of one family in the face of real evil.
The novel was, itself, inspired by a 1949 case of possession, and while the book is certainly a classic in its own right, the 1973 movie that was based on it reached stratospheric heights of popularity. The Exorcist was a massive commercial success, and became one of the highest grossing films of all time, raking in more than $441 million worldwide. The film received 10 Academy Award nominations, winning for Best Sound Mixing and Best Adapted Screenplay, and it also spawned a series of sequels and prequels.
Oscar winner Geena Davis is currently the only actor attached to the project, and she’s definitely an interesting choice for a role in the supernatural drama. Her last recognizable role was on Grey’s Anatomy during the 2014-2015 television season. Davis has only toyed with the supernatural/fantasy/sci-fi genre in a few movies, including The Fly, Earth Girls Are Easy, Beetlejuice and the 2012 mini-series Coma. Her movie and TV work has tended toward straight ahead comedy or drama, and includes such projects as Family Ties, The Accidental Tourist, Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own and 2005 TV series Commander in Chief.
Well, even if you are tired of reboots, it looks like they’re not going to stop anytime soon. The entertainment industry is always looking for a way to capture a pre-established audience, so the trend of using classic movies or TV shows for inspiration, direct or indirect, will probably last for a long time. So, what do you horror fans think about The Exorcist as a television show? Are you going to tune in, or simply pretend it isn’t happening? Let us know in the comments.