In light of several shows being cancelled from ABC – Agent Carter and Castle among them (someone needs to buy poor Nathan Fillion a drink) – Fox has revealed a slew of new TV shows coming to the network, perhaps the most exciting of which is a full-fledged TV series of The Exorcist.
According to the official log line for the series, The Exorcist will be presented as “a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession.” Does this mean that we will be looking more in-depth with the original heroes from the film and book, Father Merrin and Father Karras? One can only hope and assume.
The reported cast so far includes Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Geena Davis, Brianne Howey, Hannah Kasulka, and Kurt Egyiawan. What roles they will all portray are largely speculation at this point, but it has been hinted at that Geena Davis will play the mother of the possessed girl; the character’s name has been changed to Angela Rance.
The show will be written by Jeremy Slater and directed by Rupert Wyatt. Slater is credited with writing the screenplays for two other remakes: The Lazarus Effect (the one with Olivia Wilde) and Fantastic Four (the one with Miles Teller). Meanwhile, Wyatt’s directing credits include Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 2008’s The Escapist; he was previously attached to the much-rumored Gambit spin-off film before the project was canned.
Previous attempts at an Exorcist series were made back in 2012 – 2013, but such attempts were bogged down and generally ignored. Now that Fox is moving forward with the project, however, we’ll finally get to see a full-on series come to fruition. Only time will tell on whether the recent trend of movies-turned-TV-shows will turn out positively for this one… but we will keep you updated as further news develops!