The famous 1970s classic horror film, “The Exorcist” is being adapted for a Fox TV pilot. The one-hour drama is described as a modern take on William Blatty’s 1971 book of the same name.
The plot of the television series will focus on two different men tackling one family’s case where someone is under demonic possession, The Hollywood Reporter said.
Jeremy Slater, co-writer of 2015’s “Fantastic Four,” has penned the pilot for the psychological television thriller, “The Exorcist.” It will be produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Morgan Creek Productions. Slater too executive produces the series alongside James Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall.
Directed by William Friedkin, “The Exorcist” movie is a 1973 American supernatural horror-drama adapted by Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. It centered around the lives of two priests who attempted to save a possessed 12-year-old girl. The story also revolved around her mother’s attempts to win back her child through an act of exorcism.
The film, which starred Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow and Lee J. Cobb in major roles, was the first horror film to be nominated for the Academy Award. It earned ten Academy Award nominations and also won Best Sound Mixing and Best Adapted Screenplay. “The Exorcist” also became one of the highest-grossing films of all time, grossing over US$441 million.
The filmmakers attempted to repeat its huge box office success with a series of sequels but of no avail. The most recent sequel of “The Exorcist” was 2005’s “Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist.”
This isn’t the first time Fox has turned to successful movies to TV pilots. Previous such attempts include “Minority Report” and 1980 film “Urban Cowboy.”
Fox has also announced a pilot for a “24” spinoff and Dan Fogelman’s female baseball drama “Pitch.” Another untitled musical drama, which will star Queen Latifah, is also planned for the development season.