‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘The Exorcist’ to be adapted into television series

The two franchises are coming to the small screen, courtesy of Fox

Lethal Weapon and The Exorcist are set to become television series.

The films will be adapted for the small screen, after TV versions were commissioned by US network Fox.

Lethal Weapon will follow a similar plot to the 1987 original staring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. Clayne Crawford, best known for his roles in 24 and Graceland, will take on the role of Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs, while My Wife and Kids star Damon Wayans, Sr. will play his partner, LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh.

Terminator: Salvation‘s Joseph McGinty Nichol will direct the TV remake.

Psychological horror thriller The Exorcist is also getting a television series. Like the 1974 film, the show is inspired by William Blatty’s original 1971 book which follows two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of evil.

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Jeremy Slater, the scriptwriter behind 2015’s Fantastic Four, is attached to write and direct alongside Rise of the Planet of The Apes‘ Rupert Wyatt.

Fox also picked up dramas A.P.B. and Pitch, and the comedies Making History and The Mick. They join the previously ordered reboot 24: Legacy.