Jamie is our resident horror lover, but she’s busy at the moment, so it falls to me to write this post, having never seen The Exorcist but having seen Repossessed, the Leslie Nielsen vehicle that featured Linda Blair of The Exorcist. Meanwhile, Jamie is trying to pretend she never saw me make this reference.
Such is the love between coworkers.
Anyway, last weekend rumors were flying that The Exorcist would be returning to screens. Small ones, anyway, as a 10-episode miniseries backed by Sean Durkin of Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Roy Lee of The Ring and The Departed. But like many things that seem too good to be true, it also was too good to be true.
According to Bleeding Cool, William Peter Blatty, author of the original novel, screenwriter of the movie, and owner of the story rights to The Excorcist, messaged them about the rumor, calling it “utterly false,” but that his tv-miniseries script, announced in 2009, could become a thing. Since it’s been around since 2009, we’re not holding our breath.
Still, Durkin and Lee’s production seemed to have a lot of details attached to it. Could a rights dispute be on the horizon? Either way, it looks like this isn’t happening any time soon.