The Exorcist Could Head to the Small Screen


Television seems to be the latest frontier for horror novels-turned-film-classics. Robert Bloch’s 1959 novel Psycho led to Alfred Hitchock’s 1960 feature film of the same name and, this past year, was reinvented as A&E’s “Bates Motel.” Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter novels were adapted into, among other films, Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs and now serve as the basis for NBC’s “Hannibal.”

Today, Deadline reports that William Peter Blatty’s 1971 The Exorcist, committed to celluloid as William Friedkin’s 1973 film, is planning its own small screen adaptation.

Details are currently few, but screenwriter Jeremy Slater (whose work includes the upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four) is attached to a package currently looking for a television home. Roy Lee, who also works on “Bates Motel” is attached to executive produce.