William Friedkin, director of the 1973 original masterpiece, isn’t exactly sold on the idea. But it’s happening anyway, following in the footsteps of other TV series remakes of horror film franchises like Psycho, The Omen and Scream, so it was only really a matter of time. In fact a series based on William Peter Blatty’s books has been in the works for some time, though it’s only recently that it’s begun to get underway. It’s just come out that Geena Davis, no newcomer to horror what with her great role and performance in The Fly, not to mention Beetlejuice, is going to star in the series, playing, according to Variety:
“A struggling woman of faith named Angela Rance whose dreams are plagued with demonic imagery”.
The screenplay for the pilot episode has just been written by Fantastic Four co-writer Jeremy Slater, and it will be directed by Rupert Wyatt [Rise of the Planet of the Apes]. It follows:
“Two very different men as they deal with the impact of demonic possession on a family.”
I think most will agree that Norman Bates’s transfer to TV was rather good, though responses to the Scream series and The Omen pilot episode have been mixed [I haven’t seen either], so this could go either way….