Fox just released a scary first trailer for the upcoming TV adaption of The Exorcist starring Geena Davis.
The new TV version won’t be a direct remake of the iconic horror film which is still the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time when adjusted for inflation (sorry Deadpool), as the story will follow a different path.
Gone are Chris and Reagan MacNeil from both William Peter Blatty’s novel and William Friedkin’s film and instead we are introduced to the Rance family.
Mother Angela Rance is played by Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis, as her character 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.
In the trailer, we see daughter Katherine (Brianne Howey, Scream Queens) who has become a recluse who refuses to leave her room. While her younger sister, Casey (Hannah Kasulka, “The Fosters”), thinks she’s hearing strange noises coming from inside the walls.
It’s up then to the two priests from extremely different backgrounds to come together to help a family deal with the strange supernatural events surrounding them. Alfonso Herrera (“Sense 8”) and Ben Daniels (“House of Cards”) have been tapped to play Father Tomas Ortega and Father Marcus Lang respectively.
For Herrera, this project is a true honor. “It is a franchise and a household name for absolutely everyone,” he said, according to People en Español. “It’s an iconic movie and to be a part of this project, of this studio that wants to take this story to the small screen, it’s amazing,” he added.
Overall the series is being described as “a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller.”
The pilot was directed by Rise of the Planet of The Apes‘ Rupert Wyatt and written by Jeremy Slater.
In the trailer below, you can get your first look at the reimagining of the infamous novel with the clip featuring the creepy original music from the first film.
The Exorcist is the latest horror franchise to be adapted into a television show, following Bates Motel, Ash vs the Evil Dead and Damien.
Fox has yet to announce the exact date when they will be releasing the first season of The Exorcist, as we only know that it was added to the 2016 – 2017 lineup and will air at 9 p.m. on Fridays.
The official logline for The Exorcist series is:
“More than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film solidified itself as the greatest horror movie ever made, The Exorcist returns in series format as a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession.”
The Exorcist film also spawned two sequels and two separate versions of a prequel. The Exorcist II: The Heretic, the only other film in the franchise to star the original’s Linda Blair, was pretty much universally panned by critics and audiences alike, though The Exorcist III, which Blatty directed based on his own novel, Legion, was much more well-received.
Hopefully, the TV show will be an interesting take on the story.