Given how many beloved horror franchises have been given the reboot treatment, The Exorcist has got off fairly lightly. Admittedly, every sequel seems to be an incredibly tortured process (remember when they made the prequel twice?), but as yet, no remake.
That’s changing somewhat, as Morgan Creek is setting up an Exorcist TV series at Fox. THR reports that Fantastic 4 and The Lazarus Effect writer Jeremy Slater is the man writing “A modern reinvention” of William Peter Blatty’s tale of two priests trying to save the soul (and body) of a young girl possessed by terrible evil.
It’s early days so details are a little light, although THR notes that the network’s recent attempts to bring movies to the small screen haven’t gone over too well (Minority Report has been getting terrible viewing figures, and a proposed new take on Urban Cowboy was not picked up). Meanwhile, A&E is in the devil business with its Damien TV series coming soon.
How do we feel about this? It feels slightly less upsetting than news of an actual remake would have been, but we’ve had a lot of not very impressive Exorcist-type movies recently, so this is going to have to do something special to impress.
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