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What an excellent day for an Exorcist TV series

Another beloved movie is today receiving the small screen treatment. William Friedkin's iconic, soul-shattering wedge of horror The Exorcist has been ordered to pilot over at Fox. Described by THR as a "modern reinvention" of William Peter Blatty's 1971 novel, the series won't see the author pen the script like he did with the original movie; Fox has hired Fantastic Four scribe Jeremy Slater. We'll just leave it at that.

As for the story, it's said to be “a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.” By taking cues from the novel and extending them across a long-form narrative format, there will be more chances to explore the nuances in Blatty's source material.

Purists won't be pleased to hear that the book and movie are being trotted out again. It's hard to imagine how The Exorcist could be bettered, as it continues to reign as one of the scariest movies ever made. Friedkin spoke out last year against the remake, saying he completely denounced (opens in new tab) it. Wonder what Mark Kermode (opens in new tab) will have to say.

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Gem Seddon is GamesRadar+'s west coast Entertainment News Reporter, working to keep all of you updated on all of the latest and greatest movies and shows on streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Outside of entertainment journalism, Gem can frequently be found writing about the alternative health and wellness industry, and obsessing over all things Aliens and Terminator on Twitter.