It’s been 40 years since The Exorcist took the world by storm, but the property still has a lot of commercial heat. On top of the recently announced stage adaptation, Vulture is reporting that Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene) is set to adapt and direct it for a 10 episode TV series. The project, which won’t be shopped around for two weeks, will stray from the iconic film and follows the events leading up to a demonic possession and especially the after-effects of how a family copes with it. When medical and psychiatric explanations fail, the desperate family turns to the church, with Father Damien Karras finally brought in to attempt the exorcism.
All this renewed interest in The Exorcist is pretty interesting. First, Nathaniel at The Film Experience hosted a Hit Me With Your Best Shot about the film, then there was the stage adaptation that will come to LA in July and now this mini seires. Could this be because there hasn’t been a good possession movie recently? Much like the Carrie remake, this series will have a lot to live up to considering the original film was nominated for 10 Oscars and is consistently ranked as the scariest film of all time.