MGM and Screen Gems are moving forward with a new version of Stephen King’s Carrie. Deadline has word that Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has been brought aboard to draft the screenplay.
Release in 1974, Carrie was King’s first published novel and tell the story of a high school girl who, through telekinetic powers, takes revenge on peers that have mocked her.
Most famously adapted for the screen by Brian De Palma in 1976, Carrie received a sequel in 1999 and a made-for-TV adaptation in 2002. The story was also the basis for a famously-troubled Broadway adaptation in 1988 which has some coincidental ties to Aguirre-Sacasa’s most recent gig, rewriting the Broadway show “Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark”.
The new version of Carrie is said to be less a remake of the De Palma film and more a re-adaptation of the original text.
King has commented to Entertainment Weekly about the remake of Carrie”
The prolific author says, “I’ve heard rumblings about a Carrie remake, as I have about The Stand and It. Who knows if it will happen? The real question is why, when the original was so good? I mean, not Casablanca, or anything, but a really good horror-suspense film, much better than the book. Piper Laurie really got her teeth into the bad-mom thing. Although Lindsay Lohan as Carrie White… hmmm. It would certainly be fun to cast.”