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The Exorcist Heads for Small Screen, Secures Director for Pilot

Fox TV's The Exorcist

We have just learned that the small screen adaptation of The Exorcist (which is being housed at Fox) has attracted a director for its pilot episode. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has reportedly inked a deal with the network to helm the first episode of the small screen adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s tome. The pilot episode was penned by Jeremy Slater.

The official description is as follows: “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.”

Rumors of a remake of the film have long loomed but they were recently shut down by both Morgan Creek and the original film’s director William Friedkin. Hopefully, a long-form series will give the source material the attention to detail it deserves and still somehow manage to exist in the same arena as the near perfect film. With properties like The Omen Evil Dead, and Scream receiving the series treatment, now is a good time for horror on TV.

No word just yet on when the show is expected to premiere or how many episodes the network has ordered but we will keep you in the loop as we learn more.

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Written by Tyler Doupé
Tyler Doupe' is the managing editor at Wicked Horror. He has previously penned for Fangoria Mag, Rue Morgue Mag, FEARnet, Fandango, ConTV, Ranker, Shock Till You Drop, ChillerTV, ComingSoon, and more. He lives with his husband, his dogs, and cat hat(s).
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