'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Director Rupert Wyatt to Helm 'Exorcist' Pilot for Fox

Wyatt will also exec produce the remake, which is a modern take on William Peter Blatty's book.
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The Exorcist has claimed another victim.

Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has signed on to direct the pilot of the TV reboot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

A modern reinvention inspired by William Peter Blatty’s 1971 book, The Exorcist is a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession and confronting the face of true evil. Fantastic Four writer Jeremy Slater is set to pen the one-hour drama.

Wyatt will also executive produce with Slater, James Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall. 20th Century Fox Television will produce in association with Morgan Creek Productions.

The move marks a return to TV for Wyatt, who previously directed the pilot of AMC period drama Turn. After rising to success with the 2011 smash Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Wyatt has largely moved away from movies after dropping out of several studio tentpoles including the Apes sequel, Denzel Washington's The Equalizer and most recently Gambit, starring Channing Tatum.

His most recent turn behind the camera was the 2014 remake of The Gambler starring Mark Wahlberg.

Like Wyatt, Fox is no stranger to remakes like The Exorcist. This past fall saw the launch of Minority Report, which failed to catch on with viewers and quietly went off the air. This pilot season also saw the network explore a possible remake of the 1980 film Urban Cowboy. However, Fox passed on the project in December.

Keep up with all the latest pickups, castings and eventual series orders with THR's handy guide to pilot season.

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