THE EX­OR­CIST

The power of tele­vi­sion com­pels you!

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - 2016 Tv Preview - Bryan Cairns

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?

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