FOX Orders EXORCIST, APB to Series
May 11, 2016 by Mike McNamara
Fox has ordered four dramas to series and it's looking like two of them will be heading to Chicago. THE EXORCIST, offering a modern reinvention of the horror classic, and the police thriller A.P.B. have received the coveted order to series, after filming their respective pilots in Chicago.
PUT AN OSCAR ON IT: Oscar winner Geena Davis will be returning to Chicago to finish what she started as THE EXORCIST has been ordered to series after shooting its pilot throughout the city. Penned by feature writer Jeremy Slater (FANTASTIC FOUR), the series is described as a modern reinvention of the book, previously adapted into William Friedkin’s classic horror movie. It is a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men — Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) and Father Marcus Lang (Ben Daniels) — tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession and confronting the face of true evil. Director of the pilot was Rupert Wyatt, whose credits include RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and the Mark Wahlberg drama THE GAMBLER.
Geena Davis plays Angela Rance, who is "naturally beautiful, regal and proud but weighed down by stress, doing everything she can to stay positive and keep her faith even though her family is currently struggling. She can’t help but think, however, if perhaps her nightmares about a demon are a sign of what’s wrong," according to a Fox press release. (Click here for SCREEN's coverage of the initial pilot shoot in March)
Congratulations to production manager Dana Scott, Merje Veski and the rest of the Chicago production team for their outstanding work on this pilot.
PUT OUT AN A.P.B.: According to Deadline.com's Nellie Andreeva, "A.P.B. exceeded expectations, coming in strong under the direction of helmer Len Wiseman and new showrunner Matt Nix, who took over the project mid-shoot and rewrote the pilot script on the fly." Inspired by true events, APB is about the Chicago Police Department spiraling out of control amid sky-high crime, officer-involved shootings, cover-ups and corruption. After witnessing a violent crime first-hand, genius tech billionaire Gideon Reeves (Justin Kirk of WEEDS and MODERN FAMILY), decides to do something about it, putting up millions of dollars of his own money to take over the troubled 13th Precinct and reboot it as a private police force: better, faster and smarter than anything seen before. With cutting-edge technology and revolutionary new ideas, Gideon plans to rethink everything about the way cops fight crime.
As these series head into production... as always, I'll keep you posted.
Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.