Dead Ringers and The Exorcist: Exhuming the classics for TV and film

The Exorcist. Image Courtesy Shudder
The Exorcist. Image Courtesy Shudder /

Dead Ringers and The Exorcist are being resurrected. Rachel Weisz is reimagining David Cronenberg’s classic twin horror while Morgan Creek intends to reboot the iconic William Friedkin film.

Dead Ringers was one of the best horror films that David Cronenberg ever created next to his version of The Fly. The 1988 classic starred Jeremy Irons in dual roles as twin gynecologists, Beverly and Elliot Mantle.

A tale of brotherly love taken to the extreme, the two men share everything including a woman. When an actress named Claire (Geneviève Bujold) visits their offices for treatment of a rare condition which renders her sterile, the siblings are instantly smitten.

Since Elliot is the eldest and the alpha male of the duo, he beds Claire immediately. With this conquest, he adds another notch to his belt. Ultimately, he grows bored and urges the shy Bev to make a move on the actress.

After being coerced into having relations with her, Bev finds himself falling hard. It is this relationship that proves to destroy the tight bond that the brothers share. Jealousy and paranoia set in, drugs are taken and it is a downward spiral into hell as the pair become mentally unhinged.

Yesterday, Deadline confirmed that Rachel Weisz (The Mummy) intends to star in and produce a Dead Ringers TV series for Amazon. The actress will be stepping into Irons’ shoes.

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Essentially, the storyline hasn’t changed in this reimagining. However, it promises to be “darker and stranger” than the movie. That is a tall order considering Cronenberg is the master of odd and disturbing.

The Mantle twins of this incarnation will champion women’s health issues and wade into topics like underfunding. Morgan Creek will be executive producing Weisz’s venture.

As if resurrecting Dead Ringers isn’t daunting enough, Morgan Creek dares to take on William Friedkin’s The Exorcist. That’s right.

The studio will be rebooting the iconic possession film that paved the way for The Conjuring series. It is the benchmark for supernatural horror. Apparently, this adaptation is in the works and The Exorcist is expected to be released in theaters sometime in 2021.

Not much is known about the project. Since Dead Ringers was just announced, there will probably be more information forthcoming the closer the series gets to production. Stay tuned.

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Have you seen Dead Ringers? Would you watch the TV series? How do you feel about The Exorcist reboot? Let us know in the comments.