A movie that created a sensation back in 1973 — with some movie goers leaving the theaters early in disgust — is being remade into a TV miniseries, New York magazine reports.
The movie is the Oscar-winning hit film “The Exorcist,” based on William Peter Blatty’s novel of the same name. Among the problems some people had with it was a substantial amount of something that looked a lot like pea soup.
Director and writer Sean Durkin, best known for "Martha Marcy May Marlene," is behind the remake, which will be a 10-part miniseries.
The novel was a bestseller in 1971, then became a hit 1973 film directed by William Friedkin. Roy Lee will produce the miniseries, which will go into more detail about the young girl’s possession by the devil, her family’s reaction, and then the work of Father Karras to save her by performing an exorcism.
The film starred Ellen Burstyn as the mother, and made a star of Linda Blair as Regan MacNeil, the little girl who’s possessed by the devil. The film received 10 Academy Award nominations — including acting nods for Burstyn, Blair and Jason Miller along with best director for Friedkin and best picture — but won only two Oscars, for the screenplay by Blatty and for best sound.
The TV project is expected to be shopped to networks within the next few weeks.
Should Durkin eventually do a press junket for the production, we wonder how many times he will be asked the obvious question, “Whatever possessed you to remake ‘The Exorcist’?”