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Peter T Chattaway

The Exorcist

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Links to our threads on the big-screen versions of 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).

Link to our thread on the stage version of The Exorcist (2012).

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Exclusive: Martha Marcy May Marlene Director Preps Exorcist for TV

What an excellent day for an exorcism! Nearly 40 years after The Exorcist became the first horror movie ever to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, Hollywood has again become possessed with William Peter Blatty’s best seller.

Sean Durkin, the writer-director of last year’s excellent but criminally underseen Elizabeth Olsen thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene, is adapting the fiendish classic into a ten-episode television series, this time backed by Morgan Creek and produced by Roy Lee, the executive producer of films like The Departed and The Ring.

Unlike the iconic 1973 film, Durkin’s version of The Exorcist follows the events leading up to a demonic possession and especially the after-effects of how a family copes with it: In short, not well (really, after you start http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-4f_NMUxcY, can you blame them?), and when medical and psychiatric explanations fail, the desperate family turns to the church, with Father Damien Karras finally brought in to attempt the exorcism. . . .

Vulture, New York, May 24

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Networks Eyeing ‘The Exorcist’ TV Series

EXCLUSIVE: As we mark the 40th anniversary of William Friedkin’s horror classic The Exorcist this year, a TV series take on William Peter Blatty’s best seller is brewing. I hear Morgan Creek, which has the rights to the property, is shopping an Exorcist drama series penned by hot young feature writer Jeremy Slater. I hear there is interest in the project from broadcast and cable networks. Roy Lee, executive producer of The Departed and The Ring, is set to executive produce. Last year, Morgan Creek and Lee shopped an Exorcist limited series project with a different writer, Sean Durkin. I hear Slater’s is a brand new take on the material. On the feature side, UTA-repped Slater penned the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot and has been tapped by Warner Bros. and David Heyman to adapt graphic novel Fables.

Deadline.com, August 7

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This is still happening (I had forgotten it was so long in the making), at Fox. Starring Geena Davis.

Described as a modern reinvention, the drama pilot is inspired by William Blatty’s 1971 book. The potential series is a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men (Alfonso Herrera and Ben Daniels) tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession and confronting the face of true evil.

Davis will play Angela Rance, 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. She can't help but think, however, if perhaps her nightmares about a demon are a sign of what's wrong.

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THR: Fox's 'The Exorcist' Finds Chilling Inspiration in Real Cases

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"We’ve had actual priests come consult who have conducted exorcisms and some of the stories they tell are pretty chilling,” executive producer Jeremy Slater told THR. "If you go into our writers' room you’ll see about three-dozen books that are all evil grim wars [sic] from the 14th century, witch manuals and cases of famous demonic possessions."

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It is stories like these that make the upcoming series grounded in reality, producers said. "You see the pictures and videos and it is just the most haunting, upsetting thing you’ve seen in your entire life,” Slater says. “You look at that and you say, ‘There’s no way that person’s faking that!’ But the only alternative is almost too scary to think about. Those are the ones that stick with you and those are the ones that really creep you out.”

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“[We’re] trying the same approach as Fargo where here’s a show that takes place in the same universe as the original film, same tone, same mentality, but brand new characters and a brand new story,” Slater tells THR. “If you enjoyed the movie Fargo you are probably a fan of the television series. That’s really been the goal for this show. That’s why we are doing the internet research scene where you see the famous Georgetown exorcism did take place in the '60s to let audiences know that we’re not rewriting history. We’re not taking away the story you love. All that actually happened, but this is a new story and we’re going in a very different direction. Hopefully after the first couple episodes we can stand on our own kind of as our own beast and step out of the shadow a little bit.”

I think they mean grimoire [?]

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: That’s why we are doing the internet research scene where you see the famous Georgetown exorcism did take place in the '60s to let audiences know that we’re not rewriting history.

The '60s? The book came out in '71, and the movie came out in '73. I'm trying to remember, now, if the movie ever gives any specific dates for the events it depicts.

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*** QUASI-SPOILER ALERT!?!? ***

The article refers to the "sequels" featuring a certain character, but there is actually only one film (apart from the original Exorcist) that features that character. Two of the other three post-Exorcist films are prequels -- and they both disagree with each other and with the flashbacks in one of the sequels, regarding what happened prior to the original film. So, suffice it to say that there's no real continuity within this franchise.

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This show is getting a second season and John Cho is coming aboard.

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The ExChorcist.

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