Remember that Exorcist TV Series? Someone May Have Spoken Too Soon!!
A few days ago the news broken that Sean Durkin, writer-director of last year’s MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, was adapting THE EXORCIST into a ten-episode television miniseries, backed by Morgan Creek, that would chart the effects that demonic possession had on the film’s original family (see my article here). Well if you ask THE EXORCIST’s creator, William Peter Blatty, he says it’s not true and it’s not happening.
According to Bleeding Cool New who was contacted by Blatty yesterday, he assured them that the rumors were “utterly false.” How can he be so sure? According to Blatty himself, it would be impossible for Morgan Creek to produce the show because the rights to THE EXORCIST still belong to Blatty himself!! Bleeding Cool further reports that:
Blatty and The Exorcist director William Friedkin are planning to do something with those rights, which means that we might still see an Exorcist TV show with the original creators behind it. In the same message, Blatty states that the 2009 announcement of a miniseries written and directed by himself is still a potential plan, though not one that has come to fruition yet.
I don’t know about you, but if we’re gonna have to see a TV version of THE EXORCIST I’d be much more confident with the creator and original director putting it together than Durkin!! But one of two things is going on here: Either the original announcement of the series was false (the story broke on Vulture and it’s unclear who the original source was), or we’re about to see a huge legal battle over the rights!!
What do you think about all this?