Roy Lee

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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You want big things to happen to your little movie? The secret seems to be to get it in as an entry to TIFF’s Midnight Madness program. The good news just keeps rolling in for films that played at midnight at this year’s festival. First up for a Hollywood remake was director Gareth Evans’s Indonesian SWAT team movie The Raid, which was very nearly just one non-stop action sequence. Then there was news that Adam Wingard’s home invasion horror flick You’re Next was being purchased by Lionsgate and set up for a wide release. And now Midnight Madness hits the hat trick, as THR reports that director Frédéric Jardin’s French thriller Sleepless Night is next in line for an English language remake. Sleepless Night is the story of a dad, a drug deal, dirty cops, a stabbing, a kidnapped son, a big bag of cocaine, and a nightclub all coming together to create chaos. Like The Raid, it’s getting a lot of comparisons to Die Hard because it’s full of action and takes place mostly in one setting.

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