The Exorcist Is Coming To The Stage!

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No, not as a musical, thereby depriving us of such surefire show stoppers as "The Devil Made Me Do It," "Soup For Two," and "Demon That Got Away".

It will be a straight play, which seems to be following in the Carrie tradition of making a horror classic more tasteful for the new age.

The Carrie musical was recently revived with way less lunacy and only suggested blood at the prom.

Well, The Exorcist--which will star Brooke Shields as mom and Richard Chamberlain as the older priest--similarly aims for talk over effects.

Says John Pielmeier (Agnes of God), who's adapting the 1971 William Peter Blatty novel:

"The story of the battle between faith and evil needed no spinning heads or green vomit.

"The horror should unfold instead on a simple set with an incredible cast and the central conflict between doubting Father Karras and the demon should be a series of debates, in which the young girl possessed is the least of the figures present."

A series of debates with no songs at all?

Well, fortunately John Doyle is directing, which means at least the cast will be holding tubas.


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13 comments
VonD
VonD

No, huntee, just NO!

exackerly
exackerly

Shaping up to be another Moose Murders...

Readerman
Readerman

Ryan Landry did this years ago with his production of "The Exorsissy."

anonymouse
anonymouse

Yuck. Blatty always thought his sensational potboiler was some sort of profound statement on faith. If they want to play it that way in the theater, it'll be a snooze. Richard Chamberlain looking pained for two hours would only be enlivened by some projectile pea soup.

Jcrain
Jcrain

Apparently Blatty's lost the L in his surname and gone over completely to the dark side (or the angelic bright corner, depending whose perspective we're taking). Meaning full, secretive, dogmatic, right-wing Catho-lick. Not that The Exorcist would have contradicted that, but at least the novel (and first film version) had malice and irony - just the idea of sweet wholesome Linda Blair talking like a dockside streetwalker was so delicious it almost didn't matter if her demon lost the battle. But Herr Blatty? Someone call a real exorcist!

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

If that's Pielmeier's take on "The Exorcist: The Play" -- Father Karras and Pazzuzu (the demon's actual name) having a nice tete-a-tete a la Dr. Melfi and Tony Soprano -- methinks he won't be on the project for long.

Istanbull
Istanbull

Brooke Shields would have made a great Regan as a girl.

Ulu
Ulu

This sounds godawful!!!!!

Ry
Ry

But this one's going to be good.

Psychologist
Psychologist

When I was a kid prior to the Exorcist movie I witnessed an exorcism and the Roman Catholic priest became possessed. I have a Ph.D Psychology and to this day I know what I saw. It's amusing to joke about super natural things and making judgements that people are ignorant and uneducated while joking about it.

The greatest trick the devil ever made was to convince everyone it does not exist. Especially the modern Roman Catholic Church.

egghumor
egghumor

 OK... so... you'll be buying tickets???

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