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The Power Of Christ Compels 'The Exorcist' TV Series To Keep Developing, But Without Sean Durkin

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 8, 2013 9:18 AM
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Last year it was announced that William Friedkin’s seminal 1973 horror film “The Exorcist” would receive a ten-hour miniseries treatment at the hands of “Martha Marcy May Marlene” director Sean Durkin that would function as part remake/part prequel. Now, it seems that the show’s producers, Morgan Creek Entertainment and Roy Lee (executive producer behind remakes of “The Ring” and “The Grudge”) have decided to go in a different direction.

Watch: Powerful Trailer For Sean Durkin's U.K. Miniseries 'Southcliffe' Starring Kaya Scodelario, Eddie Marsan & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2013 9:18 AM
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Once again, it looks like we're turning to television to give this kind of rich, layered and complex drama the movies don't always often provide (or not in the abundance we'd like). Earlier this year, many on The Playlist staff sang the praise of Jane Campion's mini-series "Top Of The Lake" (don't be surprised if it crops up on more than one top ten list at the end of the year) and now there's one more mini we have on our eye on, thanks to a powerful new trailer.

Janis Joplin Biopic Starring Amy Adams Back On, Lee Daniels To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 16, 2012 11:26 PM
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The year was 2010, and at the time Amy Adams was attached to play famed rocker Janis Joplin with "City Of God" helmer Fernando Meirelles to helm. Or that was at least the plan. And then there was nothing heard again about a biopic until earlier this year when "Martha Marcy May Marlene" helmer Sean Durkin signed up for "Joplin" with Nina Arianda in the lead role. And now, there is some fierce competition from Adams, as her movie is back moving, not only eyeing a similar start date but bringing a name director along with it.

'Martha Marcy' Helmer Sean Durkin To Direct Four-Part UK TV Drama 'Southcliffe,' From 'Red Riding' Writer Tony Grisoni

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 5:40 PM
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After making a big splash last year with his unnerving indie "Marth Marcy May Marlene," director Sean Durkin is beginning to line up an impressive slate of projects. While reports that he was going to tackle a TV remake of "The Exorcist" ultimately seem to be erroneous (and highly denounced by William Friedkin), he since nabbed the gig helming the long-developing Janis Joplin biopic "Janis." But he isn't done with the small screen, and will tackle a show that will take him across the pond.

'Martha Marcy May Marlene' Director Sean Durkin To Helm 'Joplin' Biopic With Tony Winner Nina Arianda In The Lead Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 7:59 PM
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Of all the long-developing music biopics out there in the world, a movie about Janis Joplin nearly tops the list of much dicussed, but unmade projects. Before Fernando Meirelles made "360," he was linked to a version that would've starred Amy Adams and been produced by Wyck Godfrey of "Twilight" fame. And over the years, names ranging from Pink to Zooey Deschanel to Renee Zellweger have all cropped up to play the iconic singer, without much happening. But it looks like all the pieces are in place for what could be a very unique pairing.

The Power Of Christ Compels 'Martha Marcy' Director Sean Durkin To Remake 'The Exorcist' As 10-Part TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2012 1:20 PM
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If there has been one constant in "The Exorcist" franchise, it's that none of the sequels or prequels have ever come close to touching the terror or brilliance of William Friedkin's groundbreaking original. Nor have any of the countless exorcism movies since managed the feat either. But that isn't stopping another bite at the apple, as "The Exorcist" (recently named as the greatest horror movie ever by Time Out) is now getting prepped for the small screen in an expansive remake/prequel that will stretch out the terror over ten episodes.

Time Out Name 'The Exorcist' Greatest Horror Movie Ever: Read Top 10 Lists From Guillermo Del Toro, Drew Goddard, Ti West & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 13, 2012 10:38 AM
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Today sees the opening of "The Cabin In The Woods," one of the freshest, most enjoyable horror movies in years, one that we can only urge you to go see (read our review here). To mark its release, Time Out have polled critics, programmers and filmmakers as to their favorite horror movies, and collated their finds in a mammoth list.

(PDATED!) Watch Sean Durkin's 'Mary Last Seen' Short

  • By The Playlist
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  • February 20, 2012 6:30 PM
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Updated 7:00PM EST: You can now view the film! Grab your redemption code and go here to watch it.

Sean Durkin's 'Mary Last Seen' Short Screens For Free On February 20th In New York

  • By The Playlist
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  • February 9, 2012 4:00 PM
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First time feature-length filmmaker Sean Durkin made a huge splash last year with his haunting Sundance debut “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” About a damaged woman who struggles to re-assimilate into her family after fleeing an abusive cult, the poignant drama instantly placed Durkin and lead actress Elizabeth Olsen on the map as ones to watch (and indeed, the Durkin-produced “Simon Killer” already made waves at Sundance 2012).

Awards Mania As 'The Artist,' 'The Tree Of Life' & 'The Descendants' Earn Top Critic Organization Honors

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 12, 2011 8:59 AM
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Sunday was a major day for Oscar prognosticators, as a number of critics organizations went live with their end-of-2011 honors. Some films gained support, and some lost quite a bit of steam, but for those of you who look at the whole thing like a horse race, there was a lot of movement amongst a thick group of thoroughbreds.

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