The Exorcist Set for Syfy U.K.


LONDON: Thanks to a deal between NBCUniversal International Networks and 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, the new ten-episode series The Exorcist is headed to Syfy in the U.K. this fall.

Coming more than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film was released, the series is not a remake of the 1973 movie, but rather a new chapter. The story takes place 40 years after the events depicted in the film.

Geena Davis (The Fly, Beetlejuice, Thelma & Louise) is starring in the series, alongside Alan Ruck (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Ghost Town, Twister), Ben Daniels (Law & Order UK, House of Cards), Alfonso Herrera (Sense8, The Chosen), Brianne Howey (Scream Queens) Hannah Kasulka (The Fosters) and Kurt Eqyiawan (Beasts of No Nation).

“Securing the U.K. premiere of The Exorcist is a major coup for Syfy and an ideal fit for the channel brand where viewers are encouraged to imagine greater,” said Colin McLeod, the managing director for the U.K. and emerging markets at NBCUniversal International Networks. “With its exceptional production values and stellar all-star cast, this exciting acquisition underlines our commitment to delivering our viewers bold, daring and must-see content.”

David Smyth, the senior VP of sales and development at 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, commented: “We are proud to partner with NBCUniversal International Networks in bringing The Exorcist to the U.K., and are delighted to have it premiere on Syfy as it’s the perfect home for this thrilling new series. It is a brilliant next chapter of one of the world’s most iconic horror stories that will satiate the original fans, and inspire new ones to discover what makes The Exorcist narrative so captivating.”