Author of The Exorcist Talks Potential TV Series
11.17.09 by REELZ
You may have heard the rumors regarding a potential "remake" of The Exorcist, a project that could involve the same creative duo as the 1973 horror classic. Director William Friedkin and writer William Peter Blatty, who also wrote the novel on which the movie is based, would collaborate on a TV series, and Bloody Disgusting writes that Blatty revealed some key details in an interview with Cemetary Dance magazine.
Specifically, Blatty mentioned details from the book he'd like to work in to the newer version, including the development of two minor characters, the housekeeper Karl and his daughter Elvira:
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.
We're not prepared to say that this is 100% confirmation that Friedkin actually is directing, but it does catch our attention. We'll have to wait and see whether Friedkin officially jumps on board.