The first trailer has been revealed for Fox’s upcoming series based on The Exorcist and, for lack of a better description, it’s a strange one. Minus the very basic elements of The Exorcist – a girl being possessed, priests and a worried mother, there are very little similarities between this and the film from 1978.
Obviously, the series has to take a different route to the source material, because a lot more time is going to be spent on this story due to its television format, but it does seem that the most important thematic elements to the story have been lost. I’m a huge fan of The Exorcist and the deeper ideas that bubble below its surface, but Fox’s interpretation feels as though “The Exorcist” (as well as its infamous score) has been stamped on this series, but it could, truthfully, be just another tale of possession with no relation to William Blatty’s novel or Friedkin’s film. Check out the trailer below, so you can make up your own mind.
The Exorcist stars Alfonso Herrera, Geena Davis, Hannah Kasulka, Ben Daniels and Alan Ruck and is expected to air this autumn on Fox. The first episode has been directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and written by Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect).
Words: Jessy Williams (@JessyCritical)