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‘The Exorcist’ Set to Turn Heads on TV

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Have you, like most of us, been feeling a pressing lack of vomit gracing our TV screens?  Good news!  No, it’s not a ‘Jersey Shore‘ marathon, but rather the classic horror story ‘The Exorcist‘ is on deck to be adapted for TV!  So who’s been compelled by the power of Christ to adapt the tale, and how long can we expect it to run?

According to Vulture, ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ writer and director Sean Durkin is shopping around a ten-episode TV adaptation of horror classic ‘The Exorcist,’ near of forty years after the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.  The series will be backed Morgan Creek and produced by Roy Lee, the executive producer of ‘The Departed’ and ‘The Ring.’

Rather than simply adapt the same story as the 1973 film however, Durkin’s adaptation will focus more on the time leading up to the girl’s demonic possession, particularly it’s after-effect and the family’s struggle to cope with the horrific development. Finally, when when medical and psychiatric explanation fails, the family turns to the church as Father Damien Karras is brought in to enact the famous exorcism.

Dunkin’s take on the William Peter Blatty novel won’t actually be shopped to the various networks for a few weeks, but it’s a good bet major networks will quickly look to possess it.  Ah, demonic humor.

Coincidentally, ‘Transformers‘ and ‘Real Steel’ producer Don Murphy and Susan Montford’s Angryfilms are developing yet another, independent TV series titled ‘The Exorcist Handbook,’ which deals with a man who learns to evict demons in order to save the woman he loves. Isn’t that sweet?

What say you?  Do you think ‘The Exorcist’ would work as a TV series, or should it be limited to only ten episodes?  What would you most like to see from an updated adaption?  Save the bile, but tell us your ideas in the comments!

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