News today straight from the "holy crap!" department. The new issue of Cemetery Danceis out and it features an interview with author William Peter Blatty. Blatty, who's best known for writing The Exorcist, drops a bombshell in the article (which Shock Till You Drop was kind enough to share with the rest of us): He's potentially reuniting with director William Friedkin to remake The Exorcist as a mini-series.

When asked if he'd have done anything differently in crafting the classic fright flick, Blatty responded, "Yes and no. I would love to have been able to include the subplot involving Karl and his daughter Elvira which I did in my first draft, but that script ran to 172 pages, much, much too long."

"But I might have it my way in the near future, inasmuch as I've written an Exorcist miniseries script that not only faithfully includes all the main elements of the novel, but also some rather spooky new material and scenes, as well as a totally new (and perhaps much more satisfying) ending. I've also updated it. Billy Friedkin has agreed to direct."

Generally speaking, I'm against remaking classic films like The Exorcist. However, given that both Blatty and Friedkin would be involved, I think this is an instance where I can make an exception. In a perfect world, Showtime or HBO would jump on this and then no one would even have to worry about content being approved for network television. And while this isn't guaranteed to happen, the idea of an updated Exorcist is still quite intriguing.

Now that I've made my feelings perfectly clear, share your thoughts in the comment section below.
categories Movies, Horror