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William Peter Blatty Prepping ‘The Exorcist’ TV Miniseries

the-exorcistOne of horror’s all-time classics, The Exorcist, looks to possess a new audience by way of a TV miniseries. The Exorcist tells the tale of a young girl who is possessed by a demon, was directed by William Friedkin and based on William Peter Blatty’s book of the same name.

Blatty recently revealed that news to Cemetery Dance when asked if there was anything he would have changed about the original film. Here is what he had to say:

“Yes and no. I would love to have been able to include the subplot involving Karl and his daughter Elvira which I did in my first draft, but that script ran to 172 pages, much, much too long. But I might have it my way in the near future, inasmuch as I’ve written an Exorcist miniseries script that not only faithfully includes all the main elements of the novel, but also some rather spooky new material and scenes, as well as a totally new (and perhaps much more satisfying) ending. I’ve also updated it. Billy Friedkin has agreed to direct.”

The Exorcist film landed 10 Oscar nominations when it was released, winning Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound.

2 Responses to “William Peter Blatty Prepping ‘The Exorcist’ TV Miniseries”

  1. What’ll it be called?

    The Exorcist: Back to the Well?

    By no means am I angry or offended at the concept of the remake; I’m just wondering “why?”

    Maybe it’s just me, but remakes seem to be worth it the most when someone takes something of questionable quality and makes it something better (say, for example, the newer Galactica series).

    Blatty wrote a classic horror book and film (The Exorcist) and co-wrote a classic film comedy (A Shot in the Dark) as well as a lot other good work. If anything, I’d like to see his original version of <i? THe Exorcist III (or, as it was originally called, Legion).

  2. Leona Henry says:

    I lived a life of caregiver for struggling & demonized youths for almost nine years. Many were youth home rejects because of their strange issues…exibition of scatilogical languages unexplanable injuries, severe personality changes & inhuman physical behaviors. Families placed with us when they couldn’t fight the indwelling any longer.

    Recently retired, I think the public should know the truth about us and the lives of adolescents struggling to overcome their dark resident. The public has never been told the whole truth, instead writers play the reality down and the fiction up to the point that the whole possibility is white-washed as fiction. The real story in which the Excorist was based was about a boy. In addition, the impossible was portrayed making it unbelieveable as well. I have seen almost everything except the backwards head and the green vomit… actually I’ve seen more and was forced to find ways to overcome the entities; that is possible.


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