The Exorcist: The Mini-Series? Friedkin to Direct?

Well … I suppose its better than a remake. During an interview in the latest issue of Cemetery Dance magazine with William Peter Blatty, the author dropped some interesting things on fans and readers.

Upon being asked if there was anything he’d change about the film version of The Exorcist (wasn’t it already changed in The Version We’ve Never Seen?) Blatty offered the following:

“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.

Talk about a tasty tidbit of info! Who says print is dead? Click on the image below to get your copy of the magazine, which is rife with Exorcist related material, including lots on Part III.

The Exorcist: The Mini Series? Friedkin to Direct?

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  • Gus Bjork

    I’ve never read the novel so I have nothing to go from but does it need to be more a soap opera? Really? That’s my concern with expanding it. More family relationship and conflicts, more questioning faith, all that type of drama which is fine and good but a little goes a long way. If they do go long I would hope for more stuff in the middle east, more on the scope of the supernatural/religous/ mythology end. I would find that compelling.

  • The Butcher

    Fox network was throwing around doing THE EXORCIST as a mini-series a few years back. If my info is correct, Dakota Fanning was on the short list to play Regan as well.

  • Caterpillar

    What do you mean, “better than a remake”? This is a remake! They are remaking it as a mini-series. The director of the original is also directing the remake. It’s still a remake.

    • Uncle Creepy

      A mini-series is a bit different than a feature film remake, no? This kind of retelling couldn’t be more different in style. For my money this is more like a teleplay than a feature film and with the original writer and director working on the project I’m more comfortable than I normally would be.

  • BoggyCreekBeast

    Wow. Didn’t see that coming. But unless it’s on HBO or Showtime, it will be but a shadow of the original.

  • Didn’t See It Coming