Out of all the many, many film classics that have received a new lease of life in the form of a spinoff TV series, The Exorcist is arguably one of the few to prove its doubters wrong.
Whereas Minority Report, 24: Legacy, and even Emerald City failed rather spectacularly – all three were yanked off the airwaves after one season a piece – The Exorcist defied the naysayers to become one of the more intriguing horror series on the small screen, and it’s a credit to writer-director Jeremy Slater and the rest of the team that Fox’s creepy drama is able to live up to those lofty expectations that come hand-in-hand with any property directly related to William Friedkin’s film classic of ’73.
That means Slater and Co. now have their work cut out if they are to deliver a story that is just as emotionally compelling (and terrifying!) as the first, and while the jury’s still out on that one, Fox has today conjured up a suitably spooky poster for The Exorcist season 2 that pays homage to Friedkin’s seminal horror pic.
Gone are Geena Davis, Hannah Kasulka, Brianne Howey, and Alan Ruck, and in their place, The Exorcist season 2 has a cast that features John Cho, Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, and Deadpool co-star Brianna Hildebrand. It’ll be situated in the Pacific Northwest, too, where a brand new and spine-chilling case is about to unravel.
Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) and a newly collarless Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels) out of Chicago and on the road, searching out evil. Across the Atlantic, Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan) attempts to weed out those within the Vatican who have turned against God. Ultimately, Tomas and Marcus are led to Andrew Kim (Cho), a former child psychologist who runs a group home for five at-risk foster children on a secluded private island off the coast of Seattle. When one of the children under Andrew’s care is targeted by a powerful force, the two priests head west, setting themselves on a collision course with hell.
The Exorcist returns via Fox on Friday, September 29th, at 9:00-10:00 pm ET/PT. Word is that the network plans to showcase some new footage at San Diego-Comic Con this coming weekend, where The Gifted will also be in attendance. Keep your peepers peeled on WGTC for more information over the coming days.