The Exorcist (1973), considered one of the most terrifying films of all time is being remade into a TV series for Fox.
According to The Wrap, Jeremy Slater is set to write and be the executive producer for the one-hour horror/drama series.
The series will be an adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s original 1971 book The Exorcist. Similar to the classic film, Blatty’s novel is about the demonic possession of Regan MacNeil, a 12 year old girl who is the daughter of a famous actress. The mother seeks help from a Jesuit psychiatrist who does everything in his power to rid the girl of the demon inside her. In doing so, he comes face to face with the devil himself.
Joining Slater in the production of The Exorcist TV series are James Robinson, David Robinson, and Barbara Wall. 20th Century Fox Television will be producing the TV show.
The book was inspired by a 1949 case of Jesuit priests who performed an exorcism in Missouri on Roland Doe (pseudonym) a 14 year old boy who was raised in a German Lutheran Christian family. The DailyMail reported that the teenage boy was allegedly possessed by a demon and that during the months-long exorcism strange things would happen.
Prior to the exorcisms, Doe’s parents claimed that his bed would shake, furniture would move across the room on its own, and that there was scratching noises coming from inside the walls of his room.
One of the priests documented the occurrences during the exorcisms such as the mattress shaking when holy water was splashed on Doe and his body being badly scratched and branded with the world “HELLO” printed on his chest and thigh.
Doe was also an only child and was introduced early on to the Ouija board by his Aunt Harriet who was a spiritualist. On the other hand, analysts of Roe’s case believed that there was never any demon involved and that Roe likely suffered from a mental health issue.
Fox’s upcoming horror series is actually the first official TV show reboot of The Exorcist.