Martha Marcy May Marlene writer and director, Sean Durkin, is adapting the horror classic into a ten-episode television series. He’s being backed up by Morgan Creek and by producer Roy Lee, who helped develop films such as The Departed and The Ring.
Vulture describes what this series is going to focus on, “Unlike the iconic 1973 film, 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.”
This isn’t the only Exorcist series being developed for TV. Transformers and Real Steel producer Don Murphy and Susan Montford’s Angryfilms are creating an original idea called The Exorcist Handbook, their own TV series that deals with the eviction of unwanted demons. Murphy describes the story saying, “It’s all about the main character, who [only] became an exorcist to help the woman he loves. It’s going to be intense and scary.”