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‘The Exorcist’ Looking to Possess TV


Horror is hot on television right now, with networks like A&E and NBC taking classic scary-cinema offerings like Psycho and Silence of the Lambs and converting them into successful series. And now Deadline reports another beloved horror film is being shopped around, The Exorcist.

Author William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist debuted in 1971 and was adapted for the big screen two years later by director William Friedkin, who created what’s considered one of the scariest films of all time. The story centers on a young girl named Regan, whose mother enlists the help of priests to help save her possessed daughter.

Current rights holder Morgan Creek has developed a new series based on the concept with Fantastic Four screenwriter Jeremy Slater. Last year, Morgan Creek tried much of the same with Sean Durkin, who wrote and directed Martha Marcy May Marlene. Slater’s version is said to be different than Durkin’s.


  • Renaldo

    They should undo that terrible prequel with Stellan Skaarsgard and do Merrin’s origins. How Pazuzu came to be on earth…how Merrin did multiple exorcisms and found a trail or a pattern and cryptic clues hinting at Hell on Earth etc. End season 1 with Merrin meeting Pazuzu possessing someone…and the chain that spread the ‘demon’s presence’.

    Season 2 – Opens with Merrin trying to battle Pazuzu and losing. He loses the victim to death and goes on a journey to self-discovery. It’s taken his toll and he’s in a downward spiral and a crisis of faith. He takes jobs on etc to a redemptive path, a la Supernatural, and amid resistance from Vatican etc, he comes back stronger. End with him defeating the demon in a final showdown as it enters the necklace to hide. Series finale…the opener of the original film.

    Don’t drag this past 2 seasons.
    Merrin – Hugh Dancy