‘The Exorcist’ Pilot Ordered at Fox with Modern Twist

Fox has ordered a pilot for “The Exorcist,” based on William Blatty’s 1971 novel, which inspired the iconic 1973 horror film of the same name.

The one-hour drama pilot is described as a modern reinvention inspired by Blatty’s book — a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.

The project hails from 20th Century Fox Television, in association with Morgan Creek Productions, and was written by Jeremy Slater, who also executive produces alongside James Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall.

This development season, diversity is a high priority for Fox — the broadcaster has already ordered a pilot for a “24” spinoff with a non-white lead; Dan Fogelman’s female baseball drama “Pitch,” starring Kylie Bunbury; and Lee Daniels’ untitled music drama, starring Queen Latifah, which is centered around the making of a girl group. The network has also picked up event series “Shots Fired,” starring Sanaa Lathan, which aims to reflect recent racial tensions and the string of police shootings making headlines, and the hotly-anticipated return of “Prison Break” with original stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell on board.

On the comedy side, along with the already-ordered animated series “Son of Zorn,” voiced by Jason Sudeikis, Fox has picked up a pilot for a time-travel comedy from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who also executive produce “The Last Man on Earth” for the network.

For detailed information on all of this year’s pilots, see Variety’s Pilot Scorecard.

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