FOX’s TV adaptation of The Exorcist has been in production for a while now, and it’s obviously going well: after a pilot order in January, the network has officially picked it up for a full series.
The show, which is being made under the Morgan Creek Productions banner, will be a “modern reinvention” of William Peter Blatty’s novel. Fantastic Four and The Lazarus Effect writer Jeremy Slater is penning the script, while Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes‘ Rupert Wyatt is directing.
Deadline describes the series as “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.”
Sense8 actor Alfonso Herrera and House Of Cards‘ Ben Daniels are leading the series as Father Tomas Ortega and Father Marcus Lang respectively. Father Thomas is a “warm, selfless and compassionate leader of a small but hearty little church”, while Father Marcus is an “intense holy warrior carrying out an occupation that the church no longer acknowledges in public”.
Herrera and Daniels will be joined by Thelma And Louise star Geena Davis as another central character. Davis will a woman called Angela Rance who finds herself having recurring nightmares about demons. THR describes her as “a beautiful, regal and proud woman who, while weighed down by stress, does everything she can to stay positive and keep her faith even though her family is currently struggling.”
James Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall are all serving as executive producers.
As well as picking up The Exorcist for a full season, FOX also announced that it has greenlighted a series based on Richard Donner’s 1987 cop thriller Lethal Weapon.
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