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‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ Director Sean Durkin Making an ‘Exorcist’ TV Series

'Martha Marcy May Marlene' Director Sean Durkin Making an 'Exorcist' TV Series

Sean Durkin, the writer/director of last year’s phenomenal debut “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” is now working on a television show based on “The Exorcist,” according to Vulture.

The site reports that Durkin’s adapting William Peter Blatty best-selling 1971 novel, on which William Friedkin’s film was based, into a ten-episode series with Morgan Creek Productions and horror stalwart Roy Lee, and that it’s not yet being shopped around to networks.

Durkin’s version of The Exorcist follows the events leading up to a demonic possession and especially the after-effects of how a family copes with it: In short, not well, and when medical and psychiatric explanations fail, the desperate family turns to the church, with Father Damien Karras finally brought in to attempt the exorcism.

While we may be experiencing mild exorcism exhaustion after recent bouts with “The Devil Inside,” “The Last Exorcism” and “The Rite,” Durkin’s certainly demonstrated his ability to build unease and a sense of dread, and the idea of him bringing his considerably filmmaking talent to episodic storytelling is promising indeed.

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