Are You Ready For An ‘Exorcist’ TV Series?

William Peter Blatty’s classic story may come to TV courtesy of writer/director Sean Durkin.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Almost forty years ago,  William Peter Blatty’s "The Exorcist" was adapted into a film by director William Friedkin that quickly became one of the most iconic horror movies of all time. And now, "The Exorcist" may be coming to television.

Vulture is reporting that a TV version of "The Exorcist" is in development under the guidance of Sean Durkin, the writer and director of Martha Marcy May Marlene; an acclaimed movie which earned Durkin a Dramatic Directing Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

In a departure from the 1973 film, the TV adaptation of "The Exorcist" will reportedly depict the events gradually leading up to the possession of Regan MacNeil and how her family attempts to cope with it before turning to the church and Father Damien Karras when all other measures fail. Presumably, Father Lankester Merrin would also appear near the end of the story, which is currently conceived as running for ten episodes.

The original Exorcist film spun out into two sequels and one prequel film (or two diverging prequels, if you want to count Dominion). Similarly themed films have also been common in the nearly four decades since The Exorcist. There's even a competing exorcism based TV series in the works from Transformers producer Don Murphy called "The Exorcist Handbook." Murphy's series is said to be an original story that follows a man who only becomes an exorcist to save the woman he loves.


Which series to you want to see on TV: "The Exorcist" or "The Exorcist Handbook"? Let us know in the comment section below!