The Exorcist is universally recognized as one of the greatest horror movies of all time. It sent shockwaves through the industry in the early 70s and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards. Following in the footsteps of other classic horror films with TV counterparts, like Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal), Psycho (Bates Motel), and The Omen (Damien), The Exorcist is coming to the small screen, debuting on FOX this Fall. The film had moviegoers running for the exits and losing their lunches. Hopefully, they can replicate the horror on network television.
FOX released a trailer especially for San Diego Comic Con, which you can watch here below.
Taking classic horror films and turning them into network TV series is the trendy thing nowadays. In some cases it has worked tremendously, as with AMC’s take on Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Bates Motel. In other cases, not so much as Damien (based on the 1976 film The Omen) failed to gain an audience despite following Bates Motel on A&E and was cancelled after one season. FOX is jumping in with perhaps the biggest gamble on adapting a horror staple to the small screen, with The Exorcist coming this fall.
FOX has released a few trailers for some of their upcoming series and TV movies based on popular older movies.
First up is a brief preview for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a two-hour TV movie remake of the cult classic of the same name that starred Tim Curry. Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox takes on the role Curry played in the original, while Curry himself will be the narrator. After that is trailers for two TV series based on hit movie franchises, The Exorcist,based on William Friedkin’s horror classic of the same name starring Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, and Ellen Burstyn, and Lethal Weapon, based on the action comedy series of the same name starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.
You can check all of the trailers and read more about each below.
Another familiar title could be on the way to becoming a new TV series. Fox has ordered a pilot for a series based on The Exorcist, the story of a pair of priests attempting to help a young girl dealing with a demonic possession.
The pilot for the potential series won’t be based on the 1973 classic movie of the same name, which won two Academy Awards for best writing and best sound, and was nominated for eight more. Instead, it will be a new and modern adaptation of the original 1971 book the movie was based on written by author William Peter Blatty.
Autumn is here at last and there’s no better way to mark the occasion than by checking out this week’s edition of The Digital Wire….well, actually you could take a stimulating walk around your neighborhood on a brisk and sunny day, perhaps start getting your Halloween decorations and plans in order, or maybe make yourself a hot cup of tea and sit out on your porch as the most gorgeous of sunsets begins. When you’re done with all of that, check out this week’s edition of The Digital Wire because we’ve got a crowded field of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and action releases on home video all battling for your attention and the funds you have stored away in that Christmas Club savings account.
Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon. We would greatly appreciate it if you use those links to order because a small percentage of each order helps keep this website running at max power. The cover art for certain titles has yet to be finalized.