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THE EXORCIST takes to the stage

Some of this criteria comes dangerously close to indicating a remake of The Exorcist might be right around the corner: A new LA-based production based on William Peter Blatty’s most famous novel is about to get underway. However, it’s not the TV mini-series we’ve been praying for, nor is it a feature film remake. Nope, it’s a play.

LA’s famous Geffen Playhouse will soon premiere The Exorcist play live on stage, running from July 11 to Aug 12 in 2012 and directed by Tony award winner John Doyle.

William Peter Blatty’s novel has been adapted for the stage by playwright John Pielmeier, who previously tackled issues of faith in his 1982 play Agnes of God, which tells the story of a novice nun who gives birth and insists that the dead child was the result of a virgin conception.

Pielmeier wrote on his website that his Exorcist adaptation requires only minor special effects, stating:

“No heads spinning or pea-green puke, thank you very much!”

I actually like the sound of that. Sounds like he might have looked beyond the shock and awe that most people refer to when discussing The Exorcist and went straight to the soul of the story– that of Damien Karras’ struggle with his faith. I also wonder if many of the subplots found in the novel will find their way to the stage production.

Not to get ahead of myself, but we could also contemplate potential interest in a film remake should this play be tremendously successful. Casting would be in place and there would be a solid script to ‘re-build’ from for a brand new feature film remake. Not outside the realm of possibility. Possible, however… unlikely.

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  • DamienKarras

    I’m really hoping it doesn’t go any further than this in terms of remakes.  Though, I too think it is noble of Pielmeier to focus on the heart of the story, and not cloud it with all of the insane effects that were in the original (not to say that I don’t enjoy a select few =P).

  • Krissy

    Ah! I am the same age as Regan and look somewhat like her. The exorcist is my favourite. Where is the auditions?  Does anyone know when and where???

  • Just that Girl


  • Best to contact Geffen Playhouse directly and ask for the producer’s details, perhaps? I’m not sure if it has been cast already, all I know is the premiere and season run have been secured.

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  • Krissy

    awsome. Thanks Captain_Howdy, Ill contact them (thanks for the name of the place). May be a problem as I live in england, but lucky I can put on an American accent. 🙂 I think they may have already cast, but its always worth a shot.  

  • ReganTeresa17

    I wish I lived in L.A.! I would love to see this remake! (Though, I can’t imagine it without the head-spins or the puke!) But either way, I’m sure it will be awesome! I’m a terrible actress, so I wouldn’t audition, but I think it would be fun to see! Maybe it will get posted on the internet or something. I hope so, cause I really want to see it!


    aww so its a play….DANG

  • Carl Daigrepont

    Whoever sold the rights to Geffen Playhouse needs their head twisted backwards !
    I just CAN’T believe they’re taking my favorite book and doing that to it !
    That is THE worst idea I’ve EVER heard!.
    This will all be watched from a distance, with echoed sound and tiny faces, limited space, some child screaming “Fuck me”, urinating on the floor and masturbating with a crucifix and shoving her mother’s face into her bloody crotch.
    The make-up on the kid will have to be a 10-15 minutes rush-job.
    And the demon’s voice…I guess the kid will lip sync a hidden recorder!
    This is a very, very STUPID idea!
    I predict a BOMB!

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  • JakeKaufman

    Carl has obviously never seen a play before. 

    I’m excited for this because it means that the rights to the play will be out soon. That means I’ll be able to perform it at the school I’m attending currently. 

  • Manu Littiéry

    Did someone knows where could I find the theater play script by John Pielmeier? I need to read it so bad!!!!