Hello horror friends, and welcome back to Horror Happenings! This week we’re bringing you some impressive casting news for Fox’s The Exorcist pilot and a new way to experience tales of terror that might be a little different but well worth your time. Let’s get to it!
Oscar Winner Geena Davis Joins Fox’s Pilot, The Exorcist
So far, Fox’s reimagining of William Peter Blatty‘s novel The Exorcist has only been ordered to pilot. The new series would be a modern day reimagining of the novel and not a straight remake of the revered film. According to The Wrap, Davis would play “Angela Rance, a naturally beautiful, regal and proud woman who is weighed down by stress. Rance does everything she can to stay positive and keep her faith even though her family is currently struggling.” Also cast are Ben Daniels and Alfonso Herrera playing the two priests who are trying to help one family with their extreme case of demonic possession.
The Exorcist franchise has generated five feature length films and was adapted into a stage production in Los Angeles back in 2012. Poor reviews (I saw it when it opened — it was not particularly good…) prevented it from making a move to Broadway and rumors of a remake swirled before Fox announced they were going to pilot on a series. Several questions emerge when it comes to a network television adaptation of the visceral horror novel, like how will they pull off the risque material and still stay true to the story? While Hannibal certainly pushed the boundaries of network television was able to do in the genre space, will Fox be able to follow suit if the show goes to series? We’ll keep you updated on all the details as they emerge!
Audio Horror Drama On The Line Premieres On Earbud Theater
Each week here in Horror Happenings, we like to bring you the latest movie and TV news, but every now and again, we also like to tell you about fun live events, music, scary podcasts, and more. A new and exciting find are the audio dramas created for Earbud Theater. The website is host to dozens of award winning modern radio plays featuring monsters, aliens, and terror with high production value written and directed by veterans of the film and television industry. Their goal? To prove that you can stimulate minds and elicit chills without eye candy and big budgets.
This month’s offering is On The Line, a story of two estranged friends taken on a wild ride when one of their cell phones is “misplaced” and ends up in the hands of a very dangerous character. Written and directed by Jared Rivet, On The Line features the voice talents of Earbud Theater regulars Tracy Clifton, Sean Keller, Rivet as the creepy caller, and yours truly! So dim the lights, turn up the volume, and allow yourself to be completely creeped out by Earbud Theater‘s latest tale of terror.
Featured Image Credit: Simeon Wilkins