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IN THE WORKS: Sean Durkin Takes 'Exorcist' to TV, Swank Goes HBO, Wasikowska Travels Aussie Desert & Cronenberg Sticking with Pattinson

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 24, 2012 at 4:20PM

IN THE WORKS: Sean Durkin Takes 'Exorcist' to TV, Swank Goes HBO, Wasikowska Travels Aussie Desert & Cronenberg Sticking with Pattinson
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Elizabeth Olsen in Sean Durkin's "Martha Marcy May Marlene"
Elizabeth Olsen in Sean Durkin's "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

"Martha Marcy May Marlene" writer-director Sean Durkin is heading to TV with a ten-episode adaption of horror-classic "The Exorcist." The series, backed by Morgan Creek, will track the events leading up to a "a demonic possession and especially the after-effects of how a family copes with it: In short, not well," as Vulture puts it. Any smart network that has seen "Martha" will know this is an exciting pairing of talent and material, and will want to pick up the project. Here's more details.

Mia Wasikowska & Michael Fassbender in "Jane Eyre"
Mia Wasikowska & Michael Fassbender in "Jane Eyre"

Mia Wasikowska is adding to an already busy schedule that includes "Madame Bovary," Lesbian-drama "Carol" and "The Double." The "Jane Eyre" star will work with director John Curran for "Tracks," based on the true story of Robyn Davidson, who travelled 1678 miles with a dog and four camels through the Australian desert in 1978. Davidson wrote a National Geographic article about the journey, which then inspired her book, "Tracks."

Hilary Swank, whose last few efforts ("New Years Eve," "The Resident," "Conviction," "Amelia") left us nostalgic for her Oscar winning performances in "Boys Don't Cry" and "Million Dollar Baby," is heading to HBO with Brenda Blethyn for TV movie "Mary and Martha." Philip Noyce ("Salt") will direct from Richard Curtis' ("Love, Actually") script, about two women who form a bond post-tragedy and amidst the fight against malaria.

David Cronenberg must have enjoyed working with Robert Pattinson on "Cosmopolis" (debuting at Cannes) because they're teaming up again for a French-set project that Pattinson has been assured will be "very strange." ThePlaylist has the goods.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.