Film & TV

‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ Director Brings ‘Exorcist’ to the Small Screen

Film & TV

‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ Director Brings ‘Exorcist’ to the Small Screen

+

It’s a busy week for the devil. After it was reported last Friday that Brooke Shields and Richard Chamberlain will be headlining a Los Angeles stage adaptation of the William Peter Blatty novel that spawned 1973’s horror classic The Exorcist, Vulture announced this morning that Brooklyn boy Sean Durkin, the writer and director of last year’s cult (literally) film Martha Marcy May Marlene, is set to translate the bestseller (and to a lesser extent William Friedkin’s 1973 horror classic) into a ten-episode television series.

Durkin will be joining a long line of recent exorcism-focused flicks, including this year’s documentary-style The Devil Inside and the Anthony Hopkins-led The Rite, but there’s a twist. According to Vulture, this new project will focus on the emotional effects a demonic possession has on a family, rather than, you know, the green puke. We’re big fans of the quiet, drawn-out eeriness Durkin brought to Martha—where Elizabeth Olsen’s character deals with the psychological ramifications after escaping from a cult—so we have no doubt this miniseries is in good hands. Now, someone needs to get Linda Blair’s agent on the phone, because there’s a cameo in there somewhere. We can feel it.