The power of television compels you!
SEASON 1 US BROADCAST Fox from 23 September UK BROADCAST TBC
NEW SHOW! Horror fans may vomit
pea soup in excitement when Fox’s TV take on The Exorcist arrives this September. Based on William Peter Blatty’s book of the same name, the classic 1973 movie featured Father Merrin battling for the soul of possessed teenager regan. the show’s executive producer Jeremy Slater stresses their main objective was to not rehash the source material, but to deliver a compelling, fresh take that scares the crap out of viewers.
“the original film and novel cast a long shadow, so obviously audiences are going to be disappointed if they tune in for a show called The Exorcist and it’s not scary,” Slater tells SFX. “We’re talking the rolls-royce of horror films. if we screw this up, fans are going to be unforgiving.”
The Exorcist finds Angela rance (geena Davis) turning to Father tomas and Father Marcus when she begins to suspect that a demonic force is targeting her family. Slater notes one significant difference between the TV series and the movie is that this time around evil has “grander ambitions”.
“Starting with episode two, you’re going to see us dramatically expanding the scope of the show, and taking advantage of our Chicago setting,” Slater says. “Why has the enemy set sights on this particular city at this particular moment in history? How do we pay off that big twist in the final moments of the pilot? We plan to hit the ground running, and we have a lot of big surprises lined up for the first several episodes.”
Best call an… um, exorcist?