New ‘Exorcist’ TV Show in Development from ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Writer

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The Exorcist being developed as TV series New Exorcist TV Show in Development from Fantastic Four Reboot Writer

Time hasn’t done much to quell the terror of The Exorcist, which to this day still tops many people’s list of most terrifying horror films of all time. Based on the novel by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist tells the story of a sweet-natured teenager who becomes possessed by an entity claiming to be the Devil himself, and the girl’s only hope is an extremely dangerous exorcism performed by two priests.

With the exception of The Exorcist Part III – a chilling sequel in which Jason Miller (who played Father Damian Karras in the original film) and Brad Dourif both starred as a new antagonist called “The Gemini Killer,” with their performances spliced together almost seamlessly through the use of clever editing – the follow-up Exorcist movies have been fairly underwhelming. Despite this, the sustained popularity of Friedkin’s movie and the potential for further exploration of the mythos have meant that a new adaptation of The Exorcist never seems to be too far away.

40 years after William Friedkin’s original adaptation of The Exorcist first sent audiences home with a handful of nightmares, Deadline reports that Morgan Creek has begun shopping a new TV series based on the novel to various networks, and that several broadcast and cable networks have already taken an interest in the project.

The series is being penned by up-and-comer Jeremy Slater, who doesn’t yet have any credits on finished films, but nonetheless has fingers in a lot of pies. He penned the screenplay for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot and an adaptation of graphic novel series Fable, and has sold spec scripts for horror movie Tape 4 and action-comedy My Spy. When a writer is this in-demand by so many studios, they’re generally worth keeping an eye on.

The Exorcist poster New Exorcist TV Show in Development from Fantastic Four Reboot Writer

This is far from the first horror TV show we’ve heard about in development, and likely won’t be the last. The groundwork has been laid with the success of shows like The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, True Blood and Hannibal – all of which blend traditional horror successfully with ongoing dramatic narratives – and right now it seems like everyone wants to make the next big horror series. Even Scream is now being adapted for TV.

Attempts to turn The Exorcist into a TV series have been coming and going for years now, the most recent being a miniseries proposed last year with Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene) set to adapt Blatty’s original novel into ten TV episodes. Though that project ended up fizzling out before it got off the ground, this new series might be a new iteration of it, since producer Roy Lee (who was working on Durkin’s miniseries) is also set to executive produce this new show.

There are plenty of ways to make The Exorcist work as a TV show; the format could even open up opportunities that wouldn’t be possible in the movie, by stretching out the horror of dealing with a possessed family member over an entire season. However, given the failure of previous attempts at an Exorcist TV series, and the fact that this latest pitch has yet to be picked up by any networks, it’s best not to count the evil before it’s manifested.


The Exorcist is still waiting to be commissioned by a network, but we’ll keep you updated on any further developments.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Sounds cool, I just wonder how long they want to drag it out because it could potentially go for several seasons or get cancelled after one.

  2. Eh… I can see a mini but certainly not a full blown series.

    • Agreed. It would be taking a “Chance”, indeed. I don’t think they could draw it out that long and hold interest for a whole series, before it just became Shock Theater or Repetion Alley.

      By the way, the picture of the possessed kid looks like a couple gruts I used to know in high school!

  3. Do they even waste a thought on the longevity of certain show concepts or are they randomly turning just about anything that pops into their mind into a TV show these days?

    I only see this as a two-parter on the outside, and even that will already drag like hell.

    • That’s my worry unless they have the main characters start with that case and then do more investigations.

      • We already know what happened to Reagan

        and Father Karras. There is no need to explain what happened to them. They would probably butcher the book.

    • Of course it will “drag like Hell”…it’s about demons and possession, silly goose!

  4. Take arguably the greatest thriller/horror movie of all time and then try to make a series out of it.

    1 Season. It will not anything not being showed in theaters in the last 5 years.

  5. I’m not sure, I never found neither the book nor the movie to be scary. But I really loved both of them, so far the movie is the best adaptation of a novel ever made, so I don’t know about this one.

  6. I can see possibly a 10-12 episode per season format. Season 1 person gets possessed. Season 2 them recovering from season 1 some years later and maybe being an exorcist themselves or whatever claimed them the first time coming back for a second go.

  7. Let Jesus hug you! Let Jesus hug you!

  8. Totally neglected to read the article this time- a rare one for me. I’m just here to say that the headline made me vomit a little. This idea is catastrophically bad.

    • I agree-just how long do they intend to drag the story that`s already been told,it`s not something that can actually last that long-I hate when you use the old idea and recycle it over and over again,God!!Think of something new!

  9. The only way this could EVER work is if they left the entire story with Regan and anyone associated with The Exorcist (or any of the others, dropping of names and such are fine, just DO NOT re-do it) EXCEPT Pazuzu (the demon that possessed Regan and often mistakenly called the Devil).

    If they kept it about Pazuzu’s backstory as to why he’s (still to me at least) one of the most horrifying things I’ve ever seen on a TV, be it that hideous statue of his or that damn demonic white face that pops up quickly a few times in The Exorcist and have his past or future, since he was never really “killed” given he’s a powerful demon

    In other words, the only way I could see this working in a decent way would be to make the series about the thing everyone really watched the movie over in the first place, the thing that really interested (and scared) them – meaning Pazuzu. Explain him more as details about him. “Captain Howdy” and whatever else he wanted to call himself (even lying to say he was “The Devil”) were very brief, have him do something entirely different (Exorcist 3 for example where he used a serial killer for his own methods). I don’t see another “Flat out in your face possessed person saying the most vile words and doing the most disgusting actions” working, never on the scale that the original Exorcist movie did as people will see it coming a mile off. I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve seen knockoffs of that movie in some way or another, or flat out rip offs like say Days of our Lives in 1994/95 where a main character was possessed and hey, I’m not taking anything away from Deidre Hall who played Marlena who was possessed (by a Succubus), but some of those scenes were toned down and flat out reused. lol