Hold on to your crucifix, The Exorcist is coming back into the mainstream but not as a movie. Instead, Fox TV has ordered a pilot episode that, if successful, will launch a new tv series with a modern twist.
The breaking news comes from Variety. The pilot episode will be,
[B]ased on William Blatty’s 1971 novel, which inspired the iconic 1973 horror film of the same name.
I immediately perked to attention when I read this news. I am a HUGE fan of the original movie AND the book. Both versions are amazing for their medium. The book is the first ever book to officially scare the crap out of me, forcing my then 20 year old self to lock the windows and padlock the doors to my shared, three bedroom apartment. Sure, this does nothing to stop a possession from an angry demon but does wonders in stopping your roommates.
In regards to the movie – same. It scared the crap out of me when I first saw it in my early teens, feeding my craving for awesome horror movies. It was years later when I started viewing the movie as less of a horror movie and more a film – and a damn good one at that. It’s one of my all time favorites – horror or otherwise.
But this pilot doesn’t really grab me much. Here is the description:
The one-hour drama pilot is described as a modern reinvention inspired by Blatty’s book — a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil. The project hails from 20th Century Fox Television, in association with Morgan Creek Productions, and was written by Jeremy Slater, who also executive produces alongside James Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall.
That’s as far as the report goes so we’re basically left with the knowledge that a pilot is going in front of cameras. If it’s any good, a series order will follow.
I am unfamiliar with the EP/writer’s work so all I can do is judge the premise. And I’m not crazy about it. One, I don’t see how you can update the story other than putting it in modern times. I also don’t know how you can get a series out of such a contained story. The book, as is the movie, is all about Regan, the little girl possessed and the priests assigned to help her. For the TV show and series? I guess we should look at the “inspired” word as a clue. Will that mean more possessions around the states (world?) in which, every week, two priests set out to perform an exorcism? That’s the logical thinking and a premise that will be dependent on its execution. I’m not opposed to a series, as long as it’s done well with the right people.
For now, I remain weary but will try and keep an open mind. How about everyone out there in the Nation? Do you have any issues with an Exorcist tv series?
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