The folks over at Fox have released a special little preview of the upcoming television adaptation of The Exorcist. The original film is hailed as not only one of the greatest horror movies of all time, but one of the greatest films period. Personally, I’m just happy that it’s already this far along. Executive producer Jeremy Slate and star Geena Davis seem properly enthusiastic about the project.
When it comes to crafting nightmares from scratch, it seems like Slate knows his way around the things that make you squirm, as well as a hearty respect for the source material:
“There’s no horror movie more revered than The Exorcist. It’s the scariest horror movie ever made. It’s still a film that has a primal power, and that’s what we wanted to capture in this show. If we can give a couple of people nightmares, I’ll go to bed a happy man. The Exorcist, as a television show, was designed to be a compelling beginning to end story of the possession of a normal American family in the suburbs of Chicago and the two priests who are brought in to try and save this one innocent victim from the forces of darkness. This show tackles some big questions about faith and redemption; compelling characters we’ve never seen before on television.”
Here’s the official synopsis:
Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, “The Exorcist” broke box office records and terrified audiences around the world. Now, more than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film, The Exorcist returns as a TV series. Directed by Rupert Wyatt (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), The Exorcist is a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession. Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) is the new face of the Catholic Church: progressive, ambitious and compassionate. He runs a small but loyal parish in the suburbs of Chicago. He has no idea that his quiet life is about to change forever. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, another priest finds himself locked in a life-and-death struggle with evil. Father Marcus Brennan (Ben Daniels) is a modern-day Templar Knight, an orphan raised since childhood by the Vatican to wage war against its enemies. Father Marcus is everything Father Tomas is not: relentless, abrasive and utterly consumed by his sacred mission. Caught in the middle is the Rance family, members of Tomas’ parish. On the surface, they’re a normal, suburban family, but all is not as it seems in this household. The patriarch, Henry Rance (guest star Alan Ruck), is slowly but surely losing his mind. Eldest daughter Katherine (Brianne Howey) has become a recluse who refuses to leave her room. Her younger sister, Casey (Hannah Kasulka), thinks she’s hearing strange noises coming from inside the walls. And mother Angela (Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis) has been plagued by recurring nightmares, each more frightening than the last. Angela believes there is something in the house, a demonic presence, growing stronger by the day. Desperate, she begs Father Tomas for help, unwittingly setting the naïve young priest on a collision course with Father Marcus. Separately, each faces an insurmountable task, but together they become the only hope against an evil force that has been mobilizing for centuries.
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