Recently, Fox ordered the adaptation of the horror novel The Exorcist to pilot on television! We all have been horrified by the movie and a TV adaptation of the same book is great news for horror fans.
Screenwriter Jeremy Slater, of Fantastic Four and The Lazarus Effect, has been tapped to pen the hour-long drama. He’ll also executive produce alongside James Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall in a production from 20th Century Fox Television and Morgan Creek Productions.
THR reported on Fox’s order of The Exorcist to pilot, describing the modern reinvention 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.”
The author of the book, William Blatty had adapted his own work for the horror film The Exorcist for which he had received an Oscar as well.
The book, which was inspired by the 1949 exorcism of Roland Doe, centers on the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl, Regan, and the resulting exorcism conducted by two priests with the aim to restore Regan’s soul. It sounds like the TV version would skew close to the source material as well, though we can’t imagine the famous foul-mouthed Regan, as portrayed by Linda Blair by any other actor.
Speaking about the screenwriter’s accomplishments, Slater’s work on Fantastic Four was currently nominated for a Razzie for Worst Screenplay along with Simon Kinberg and Josh Trank, so that doesn’t necessarily bode well for this project. His only previous feature film script came by way of last year’s little-seen sci-fi/horror/thriller The Lazarus Effect, which currently enjoys a 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite those less-than-stellar performances, Slater is also tapped to write Adam Wingard’s Death Note adaptation. Time will tell if his work on The Exorcist is able to replicate the classic film adaptation.
News Source: Collider