Jeremy Slater

TheExorcist

Undoubtedly inspired by the success of horror-film-to-serial-dramas Hannibal and Bates Motel, Morgan Creek Entertainment and producer Roy Lee (The Ring, The Grudge) are shopping around a television version of The Exorcist to the major networks. Last year, the team announced that the project was to be a 10-hour miniseries directed by Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene) that functioned as both a prequel and remake of the 1973 film, but it seems that this plan has been scrapped altogether – The Playlist reports that Durkin is no longer involved, and they’ve brought in writer Jeremy Slater (the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot) to pen what is now going to be a weekly drama series based on the novel by William Peter Blatty. The story, for foggy minds, follows the harrowing demonic possession of a young girl and the efforts by her mother, doctors and priests to save her from the entity. The 1973 film was so considered so graphic and terrifying that people vomited in theaters. This is what Slater has to live up to.

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fables

Over the past few years, two of the biggest trends in blockbuster filmmaking have been making movies based on comic books and making movies based on fairy tales. Because of this, it’s seemed a might bit strange that “Fables,” a title published by DC’s more experimental and arty line of books, Vertigo, has had such a hard time getting adapted for the screen. Not only does creator Bill Willingham’s comic series utilize characters like Snow White, Prince Charming, and the Big Bad Wolf, but it brings them into our world, gives them sexy updates, and it’s won a whole heap of awards for its storytelling, to boot. Sounds like the perfect property to turn into a movie, don’t you think? Well, Harry Potter producers, Heyday Films, seem to think so too, because Heat Vision is reporting that they’ve acquired the film rights to Willingham’s work, and they’ve hired the guy who’s writing the new Fantastic Four movie, Jeremy Slater, to come up with a script, as well as A Royal Affair helmer, Nikolaj Arcel, to direct.

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