Screen Gems Developing ‘True Haunting’ About NBC’s 1971 Televised Exorcism

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Cindy Cowan has optioned the book, and will produce with Steve Bersch and Scott Strauss overseeing the project. Screen Gems’ Brian Dukes will oversee for the studio.

True Haunting is the terrifying true story of the first televised exorcism on NBC in 1971. Millions around the country watched the program. The NBC news segment was a success, the exorcism was not. Instead, it made things worse for the Becker family who lived there. Much worse.

D’Ovidio (pictured above) is best known for writing The Call starring Halle Berry and The Forger with John Travolta and Christopher Plummer. He also wrote the spec script for Eye In The Sky which sold to Millennium Films in 2015 with Simon West directing.

Cowan (pictured above) has produced several films including Very Bad Things starring Cameron Diaz and Jon Favreau, Red Lights with Robert DeNiro, Scorched starring Woody Harrelson and Dr. T and The Women with Richard Gere. Currently, she is working on the upcoming film Arkansas with Vince Vaughn and Liam Hemsworth. Cowan co-founded the production company Initial Entertainment Group (IEG) with Graham King in 1995 and later launched her own shingle, Cindy Cowan Entertainment.

D’Ovidio is represented by UTA, Media Talent Group and McKuin Frankel Whitehead.

Cowan is represented by WME and Ziffren Brittenham.

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