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By Pazuzu's beard! The Exorcist is being remade as a television series!

May. 24, 2012by: Alex Maidy

If a crappy sequel, an unrelated sequel, and dueling prequels couldn't stop Hollywood from milking THE EXORCIST franchise, a television series might do the trick.

Sean Durkin, writer-director of MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, is developing the ten episode series which will be shopped to networks in the next few weeks. But he does not plan on copying William Friedkin's 1973 classic. According to Vulture, 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 seeing stuff like this, 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.

While I count THE EXORCIST amongst my all-time favorite movies, I am intrigued by the prospect of converting it into a mini-series.  Note that I said "mini"-series.  You would never be able to stretch the story over multiple seasons without it becoming truly laughable.  I also would hate to see it become WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CARMEN PAZUZU? and have a different person get posessed each season.  No, just stick with the source material and flesh it out respectfully.

What do you think about an EXORCIST series?

Extra Tidbit: Where would this show work the best: Pay cable, basic cable, or a network?
Source: Vulture

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6:44PM on 05/24/2012
Because all the half baked sequels were just so damn good.
Because all the half baked sequels were just so damn good.
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5:56PM on 05/24/2012
This reminds me of Poltergeist the series from 15 years or so back. It will just use the name to draw people in.
This reminds me of Poltergeist the series from 15 years or so back. It will just use the name to draw people in.
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3:44PM on 05/24/2012

A puzzle

Why is it that the Exorcist still scares the shit out of me, yet my kids just laugh at it?
Why is it that the Exorcist still scares the shit out of me, yet my kids just laugh at it?
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3:43PM on 05/24/2012
Why I really don't mind this at all:
- it's not actually a remake
- the original film is 40 years old
- Sean Durkin is an intriguing director

I am totally in. Hopefully they'll be smart, make it R and pitch it to cable.
Why I really don't mind this at all:
- it's not actually a remake
- the original film is 40 years old
- Sean Durkin is an intriguing director

I am totally in. Hopefully they'll be smart, make it R and pitch it to cable.
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3:36PM on 05/24/2012

I realize you're trying to get hits

but that isn't a remake at all. First off you can't really remake the Exorcist, as it itself was an adaptation -- the only thing that can be done is a new take/adaptation of the source material.

Still, they're not even doing that. This sounds pretty neat actually, part prequel part sequel to the original movie, but directly focused on the family rather than the legend (like most if not all of the other Exorcist movies were).

Could be good!
but that isn't a remake at all. First off you can't really remake the Exorcist, as it itself was an adaptation -- the only thing that can be done is a new take/adaptation of the source material.

Still, they're not even doing that. This sounds pretty neat actually, part prequel part sequel to the original movie, but directly focused on the family rather than the legend (like most if not all of the other Exorcist movies were).

Could be good!
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3:37PM on 05/24/2012
and when I say could be good I mean if it's actually on HBO, Showtime or AMC

the show would have no chance if it were on ABC, CBS, NBC, etc.
and when I say could be good I mean if it's actually on HBO, Showtime or AMC

the show would have no chance if it were on ABC, CBS, NBC, etc.
3:57PM on 05/24/2012
Technically, since the Friedkin version was the first time it was made, this would be the remake since it is not a sequel. When Stephen King made The Shining mini-series, it was considered a remake as well.
Technically, since the Friedkin version was the first time it was made, this would be the remake since it is not a sequel. When Stephen King made The Shining mini-series, it was considered a remake as well.
4:08PM on 05/24/2012
@alex - eh, to each their own but even if it was the first time it was adapted into a movie, it doesn't mean it is the original (the original movie sure, but not the original) -- the book is the original, it is the source material. It's technically possible for someone to remake The Exorcist much like they remade The Omen (where they remake the movie itself) but the most likely case if someone were to ever actually do another Exorcist is that it wouldn't be a remake of the movie, but instead a
@alex - eh, to each their own but even if it was the first time it was adapted into a movie, it doesn't mean it is the original (the original movie sure, but not the original) -- the book is the original, it is the source material. It's technically possible for someone to remake The Exorcist much like they remade The Omen (where they remake the movie itself) but the most likely case if someone were to ever actually do another Exorcist is that it wouldn't be a remake of the movie, but instead a new take/adaptation of the book. I mean look at it this way, is The Amazing Spider-Man a remake of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man? No, it's a new adaptation of the source material, despite it being an origin story of Spider-Man much like Raimi's first movie.

As for this tv series being a remake, not sure how you figure that as from all we know about it it's basis is around the events prior to and after the actual events of the movie -- so it's not a remake it's more of a prequel and a sequel in one, more of a companion piece to the first movie if anything (as it seems to be wholly set in the same universe), at least from all we know right now that's how it seems.
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