The current trend on television is to adapt well-known film franchises into a TV series (reversing the typical jump from TV to the big screen). Shows such as Scream, Rush Hour, Fargo, Minority Report and Hannibal have come out of this to varying degrees of success with other projects like Taken, Tremors, and Underworld in development. Following in their footsteps, Deadline is reporting that Fox has ordered a television series based on the 1973 horror classic The Exorcist and 1980’s Mel Gibson/Danny Glover buddy cop franchise Lethal Weapon. Read on for more details.
According to Deadline the cast for The Exorcist is composed of Geena Davis, Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, and Hannah Kasulka. The series will be directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) from a screenplay by Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four). The series will borrow from the William Friedkin film and William Blatty’s 1971 Exorcist novel. It is often difficult to translate a well-known piece of work, but the Exorcist has the added burden of being adapted from what many consider to be one of the scariest movies of all time
According to Screen Rant:
“Lethal Weapon is the other big title to get the go ahead, written by Matt Miller and directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol (known widely as McG). Again, it’s another TV adaptation that has a lot to live up to, with the original Mel Gibson and Danny Glover team-up forging a bonafide classic pairing. Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans are already cast as Riggs and Murtaugh on the TV show, and details imply the set-up will stick close to the movie, as former Navy SEAL Riggs relocates to LA after losing his wife and baby.”
There is no official date for either project. What do you think about the possibility of series based on The Exorcist and Lethal Weapon? Do you think these shows have a better chance of success than Fox’s last adaptation, Minority Report?