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Designed as a continuation of the original film adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, Fox’s TV series The Exorcist takes the mythos in a bold new direction, while honoring the original film, directed by William Friedkin. In this interview, conducted at San Diego Comic Con, Academy Award-winning star Geena Davis discusses her role in the series, while executive producer Jeremy Slater dishes on the fact that the series is most definitely not a reboot or a remake.
Geena, you’ve done some horror movies in the past; I consider Beetlejuice a horror movie, and of course there’s Cronenberg’s The Fly. Those movies have lasted the test of time. Now you’re in The Exorcist, so there’s been a long gap of no horror for you. »
- Amie Cranswick
Over the weekend at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con, Daily Dead had the chance to speak with several cast members as well as the writer for Fox’s upcoming new series The Exorcist. Geena Davis, Ben Daniels, Alfonso Herrera, and Jeremy Slater all dished on what’s to come once the series premieres in September, and they also discussed the pressures of taking on such an iconic name as The Exorcist.
Geena, you’ve done some horror movies and now you’ve returned to the genre for The Exorcist. How does it feel for you to be back in the genre?
Geena Davis: I love it. I love horror. I love to watch horror movies and to be in them, too, is something I’ll always love. Just hearing the title of this series when they called and said they wanted to talk to me about doing it, I was like, »
- Heather Wixson
Forgive me and the rest of the planet for being skeptical of Fox's upcoming Exorcist TV series, but when you reboot the most iconic horror film of all time, there's bound to be a little blowback. Then again, maybe we're looking at this thing all wrong? Here's creator Jeremy Slater, who claims the show isn't a remake/reboot at all but a "continuation" of the original film, which I guess is supposed to make us feel better. "If you watch the pilot, you'll see that we have some...homages to some of the famous moments," said Slater during Comic-Con press rounds for the forthcoming non-reboot. "If you watch the pilot, you'll see there's a scene where they reference the original exorcisms in Georgetown [the setting of the film]. That's our way of letting fans know that the story you love isn't being written out of existence. This is a new story with new characters that »
- Chris Eggertsen
Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016
They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...
The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.
The Exorcist II (1977)
Budget: $14 million
Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »
Lethal Weapon isn't the only classic film that Fox is rebooting as a TV series this fall: At Comic-Con, the network unveiled their latest trailer for The Exorcist, based on the 1973 groundbreaking horror film.
Like its source material, the film pits a priest against a demon that possesses a teenage girl. While the series is inspired by author William Peter Blatty's original novel, the TV show features all-new characters, including Alfonso Herrera as the naïve young priest tasked with exorcising the demons, Ben Daniels as a veteran exorcist and »
Due out on October 25th, The Exorcist III Collector's Edition Blu-ray will feature a long list of yet-to-be-revealed bonus features, as well as a Director's Cut of the film that Scream Factory is taking extra care to put together:
From Scream Factory: "You’ve heard the rumors for months…and they’re all true! William Peter Blatty’s cult favorite The Exorcist III will be bearing its cross on a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set from us on October 25th.
Extras (of which there are tons of) are underway and will be announced at a date in Late Summer / Early Fall. The newly-designed front-facing artwork you see here is final (not pictured is the reverse wrap image »
- Derek Anderson
Savant UK correspondent Lee Broughton analyzes one of his favorite pictures starring Stacy Keach, who seemed to make only cult items in the '70s and '80s. William Peter Blatty dishes out a thick mix of comedy and dark soul-searching about the human condition as a Caligari- insane asylum, but with new twists. The Ninth Configuration Second Sight Region B Blu-ray 1980 / Colour / 2.35:1 enhanced widescreen / 118 m. / available through Amazon.uk Starring Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Jason Miller, Ed Flanders, Neville Brand, George Dicenzo, Moses Gunn, Robert Loggia, Joe Spinell, Tom Atkins. Cinematography Gerry Fisher Production Design William Malley Film Editors Peter Taylor, T. Battle Davis, Roberto Silvi, Peter Lee-Thompson Original Music Barry DeVorzon Written, Produced and Directed by William Peter Blatty from his novel
Reviewed by Lee Broughton
(Note: Savant reviews as a guest at Tfh. Here I stretch my prerogatives by presenting a review from Lee Broughton, a valued U. »
- Glenn Erickson
Making the transition from book to big screen to small screen is none other than the seminal horror classic, The Exorcist. With the most recent incarnation filming now, and a somewhat divisive teaser already in circulation, the question has been: when can we actually see this revised take on William Peter Blatty’s iconic novel?
As Fox released its Fall 2016 schedule today, we now know when to expect this next slice of possession to hit the box: Friday, September 23rd at 9pm. Rather amusingly, the series premieres directly after Hell’s Kitchen, and looks to be retaining that slot all season. Despite taking its cues from the aforementioned tome, and the scary-as-hell 1974 movie, Fox’s approach to the show is a sorta-kinda reboot. It won’t follow the trials and tribulations of Regan McNeil, instead focusing on a new family wracked with horror when their daughter is taken hold by an evil spirit. »
- Gem Seddon
Stock up on holy water. Fox has ordered The Exorcist TV show from 20th Century Fox Television and Morgan Creek Productions. The psychological thriller drama, inspired by the William Peter Blatty novel and film franchise, comes from writer Jeremy Slater. Slater will executive produce with Rolin Jones, James Robinson, Barbara Wall, David Robinson, and Rupert Wyatt, who is set as director.
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There’s a rush on in Hollywood at the moment regarding television series inspired by movies. At our last count, there were 33 of these projects in development across various networks. Now, two of them are definitely pressing ahead.
Here’s the official blurb about the Lethal Weapon TV series...
Wechsler has nabbed the series regular role of Freddie, a skillful and hardworking FBI agent who struggles with moral conflict while at the center of a key mission: A rookie FBI agent (Tracy Spiridakos) embeds herself in a suspected terrorist family. He joins other previously announced stars Alexander Siddig and Sarita Choudhury.
Earlier today, another Fox pilot produced by Warner Bros. TV, “Lethal Weapon,” announced the casting of Clayne Crawford in the role of Martin Riggs, the character originated by Mel Gibson in the lucrative action film franchise. This week also saw the casting of »
- Laura Prudom
Right on the heels of his successful appearance at our Silver Scream Festival in Santa Rosa, Robert Englund has been cast opposite fan fave Lin Shaye (A Nightmare On Elm Street, Ouija, Insidious) in an indie horror flick called The Midnight Man, which is to be directed by Travis Z, who directed the recent Cabin Fever remake.
According to The Wrap, the film “is based on the old pagan ritual the Midnight Game, though it doubles as an American remake of Rob Kennedy’s low-budget 2013 feature of the same name that was made in Ireland.”
The story revolves around a girl and her friends who play the Midnight Game, which brings about the titular Midnight Man, who terrorizes them using their own fears against them.
- Harker Jones
Geena Davis has become the latest addition to Fox’s small screen adaptation of The Exorcist, joining a cast that includes Brianne Howey (Scream Queens), Ben Daniels (House of Cards) and Alfonso Herrera (Sense8).
Deadline reports that Davis will play Angela Rance, who is described as follows: “Naturally beautiful, regal and proud but weighed down by stress, Angela does everything she can to stay positive and keep her faith even though her family is currently struggling. She can’t help but think, however, if perhaps her nightmares about a demon are a sign of what’s wrong.”
The Exorcist is a “modern reimagning” of William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel and has been written by Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Project, Fantastic Four), with Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) set to direct.
- Gary Collinson
William Friedkin’s adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist is widely considered to be one of the most terrifying movies ever made, and now audiences will get the chance to witness the head-spinning antics of the demon Pazuzu on the small screen.
Fox’s take on the material, which will apparently loosely adapt the novel as “a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller,” is finalizing its cast, and the latest name to be added is Academy Award winning actress Geena Davis.
Though the mother of the possessed child is named Chris McNeil in the book and film, Davis will be playing Angela Rance. Here’s how THR describes the character:
A beautiful, regal and proud woman who, while weighed down by stress, does everything she can to stay positive and keep her faith even though her family is currently struggling. She can’t help but think, however, if perhaps her »
- Mark Cassidy
Variety reports that Geena Davis has joined the cast of The Exorcist TV series. Davis is set to play the role of Angela Rance, who “does everything she can to stay positive and keep her faith even though her family is currently struggling.” Despite her sunny outlook on life, Angela dreams of a demon and wonders if it is related to the problems plaguing her family.
Angela appears to be the mother of Charlotte Rance (Brianne Howey from Scream Queens), a teenager who is potentially possessed by a demon following an intense accident, and Charolotte’s concerned sister, Casey (Hannah Kasulka from The Fosters).
- Derek Anderson
Though Geena Davis enjoyed (?) a recurring role on Grey's Anatomy Season 11, she hasn't had a proper small-screen showcase since starring as U.S. president Mackenzie Allen on the short-lived ABC drama Commander in Chief during the 2005-06 TV season. Now, that may be about to change. According to The Wrap, the Oscar winner has been cast in the "theoretical series regular" role of Angela Rance on Fox's The Exorcist, a "modern reinvention" of William Peter Blatty's famous 1971 novel that also served as the basis for William Friedkin's blockbuster 1973 film. Rance is described as "a naturally beautiful, regal and proud woman who is weighed down by stress. Rance does everything she can to stay positive and keep her faith even though her family is currently struggling. She can’t help but wonder, however, if perhaps her nightmares about a demon are a sign of what’s wrong." The pilot »
- Chris Eggertsen
A modernized TV take on William Peter Blatty’s 1971 book and the film, Fox’s “Exorcist” is a serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession and confronting the face of true evil. Davis will play Angela Rance, who is described as regal and proud, but weighed down by stress. She does everything she can to stay positive and keep her faith even though her family is currently struggling. She can’t help but think if perhaps her nightmares about a demon are a sign of what’s wrong.
An Academy Award winner, Davis »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The only thing more terrifying than the last three minutes of this episode of Nightmare Fuel is the first seven! If you get that reference, you may well be a superfan of Dario Argento's 1977 horror classic Suspiria. And even if you don't/aren't, you've likely at least heard of the film, a dreamlike, color-drenched, ultra-violent cult favorite that centers on some witchy happenings at a prestigious German dance academy. On this week's special in-studio edition of HitFix's new weekly horror series, HitFix chief film critic Drew McWeeny joins me to discuss Italian director Luca Guadagnino's planned remake of the film that's set to star none other than fierce, angular cinema icon Tilda Swinton (along with Dakota Johnson, Ralph Fiennes and Matthias Schoenaerts) as well as two other forthcoming remakes/reboots/revivals: Jeremy Slater's TV pilot for The Exorcist (a "modern reinvention" of William Peter Blatty's novel) and Rabid, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Following on from the casting of Brianne Howey (Scream Queens), TV Line is reporting that Fox’s pilot for The Exorcist has found two priests, with Ben Daniels (House of Cards) and Alfonso Herrera (Sense8) signing on to potential series.
Daniels will play Father Marcus, “the intense holy warrior carrying out an occupation that the church no longer acknowledges in public,” while Herrera has been cast as Father Tomas, “the warm, selfless and compassionate leader of a small but hearty little church.”
The one-hour drama is described as a “modern reimagning” of William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel and has been written by Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Project, Fantastic Four), with Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) set to direct.
- Gary Collinson
Another cast member has joined the fight against demonic possession in Fox’s The Exorcist TV series.
Herrera’s Father Tomas is described as a “warm, selfless and compassionate leader of a small but hearty little church,” while Daniels’ Father Marcus is “the intense holy warrior carrying out an occupation that the church no longer acknowledges in public.”
The current cast also includes Brianne Howey (Scream Queens) as Charlotte Rance, a teenager who is potentially possessed by a demon following an intense accident, and Hannah Kasulka (The Fosters) as Charolotte’s concerned sister, »
- Derek Anderson
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