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Peter T Chattaway

The Exorcist

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Links to our threads on The Exorcist (1973), Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) -- the latter of which includes discussion of all five of the Exorcist movies, including sequels and prequels, as well as the novel -- and The Exorcism Diaries (in development).

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Nail Down the Seats – ‘The Exorcist’ Is Coming to the Stage

If heads are turning more than usual next summer in Los Angeles, it may be because a stage adaptation of “The Exorcist,” about a 10-year-old girl possessed by the devil and the Catholic priest who tries to save her, is set to open there at the Geffen Playhouse.

The playwright John Pielmeier (“Agnes of God”) is writing the stage version of “The Exorcist,” based on William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel. John Doyle, who brought a stripped-down, bloody sensibility to the 2005 Broadway revival of “Sweeney Todd,” will direct the show, which is set to begin performances on July 3, 2012. . . .

Ken Novice, the Geffen’s managing director, said in a phone interview that the play will not be the film regurgitated, but rather a new look at the book.

“The novel has a different take than the movie,” he said. “There’s a focus on the psychological aspects and questions of faith. The idea is to focus on those two elements as opposed to big special effects, or trying to create horror on stage in the way you would do for a movie.” . . .

New York Times, May 12

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Reeeeally, wow. That will be...interesting, to say the least. Wonder who's playing the Lee Cobb role.

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