Skip to main content

The Exorcist is getting a television series that should really turn some heads

A girl levitates above her bed in front of two priests.
Warner Bros.
Get the pea soup ready and keep an old priest and a young priest close by, because The Exorcist is coming to television.

Fox is reportedly moving forward with plans to produce a television series based on William Blatty’s groundbreaking 1971 novel The Exorcist. The series is being developed as a modern adaptation of the novel, which inspired the Oscar-nominated 1973 horror film directed by William Friedkin. The novel itself was based on reports of demonic possession and exorcisms that Blatty heard about while studying at Georgetown University.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the television series based on The Exorcist already has a writer attached, with Fantastic Four and The Lazarus Effect screenwriter Jeremy Slater penning the one-hour drama and serving as one of the project’s executive producers. The series will reportedly follow two men — possibly priests — tasked with investigating a potential case of demonic possession.

First published in 1971, Blatty’s novel was followed by a 1983 sequel, Legion, that continued the horrifying tale of innocent people whose bodies become inhabited by terrifying occult entities. Blatty also penned the script for the 1973 film based on the novel.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest horror movies in Hollywood history, The Exorcist was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including the coveted “Best Picture” award. It was the first horror movie to be honored with a “Best Picture” nomination, and ended up winning two Oscars: one for Blatty’s screenplay and one for sound mixing.

In 2010, The Exorcist was added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for its notable role in American cinematic history. To date, the film has grossed more than $441 million worldwide through various re-releases, and remains one of the highest-grossing films of all time when its earnings are adjusted for inflation.

There’s no word on when The Exorcist television series will go into production.

Rick Marshall
A veteran journalist with more than two decades of experience covering local and national news, arts and entertainment, and…
3 great free movies you should stream this weekend (July 19-21)
Blake Lively paddles on a surfboard.

We are now one week away before Deadpool & Wolverine takes a blowtorch to the box office and burns every R-rated record that exists. Before the film world ignites, a tornado will storm the theaters thanks to the arrival of Twisters. Early reviews of Lee Isaac Chung's standalone sequel to Twister have been positive, with stars Daisy Edgar-Jones, Glen Powell, and Anthony Ramos garnering widespread praise for their performances.

This weekend will be extremely hot, meaning some of you might want to stay in your homes. If so, stream one of the thousands of free movies on free ad-supported television, also known as FAST services. The three movies below are all geared around summer horror, including two shark attack thrillers and one mystery from a master of suspense.
47 Meters Down (2017)

Read more
Glen Powell pays tribute to Bill Paxton in honor of Twisters
Glen Powell smiles on the left while Bill Paxton smiles on the right.

Glen Powell took to social media to pay tribute to Twister star Bill Paxton.
"As we release Twisters into the world today, I just wanted to look up and tip my hat to the legend that is Bill Paxton," Powell wrote in the caption of a photo of himself alongside the late actor. "A great friend of mine who saw poetry in the natural world. His boots are impossible to fill, but this life is all about chasing the greats."
https://twitter.com/glenpowell/status/1814306912227217436

Powell and Paxton became good friends while filming the 2013 movie Red Wing. Both actors are from Texas, so naturally, they hit it off. In a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Powell recalled his relationship with Paxton, who died in 2017 from a stroke at 61. Powell spoke about Paxton's love for the weather and how the late actor gave him research from Apollo 13 to prepare for Hidden Fences.

Read more
Best new movies to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Max (HBO), and more
Alisha Weir in Abigail.

It's been a decidedly cool blockbuster season at the theaters, but our list of the best movies to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Max (HBO), and other services keeps getting hotter every week. Throughout the summer, intriguing originals and hits from traditional studios are landing on the streamers, and we're on top of it all.

This week, Peacock gets horror flick Abigail and Nic Cage meta movie The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Max adds A24's romantic thriller Love Lies Bleeding, hit German drama The Teacher's Lounge lands on Netflix, and more.
We also have guides to the best movies on Netflix, the best movies on Hulu, the best movies on Amazon Prime Video, and the best movies on Max.

Read more