Carrie remake in development

Hollywood studios are running out of horror classics to re-work for a new generation, given that the last decade has already seen numerous remakes (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street). It looks as if the next film to potentially suffer at the hands of this studio craze is Carrie.

MGM and Screen Gems are behind the remake, but before you shout out ‘sacrilege’, they have made an interesting move by putting Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on writing duties. A comic book writer and playwright, having written stories for Marvel’s Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, Aguirre-Sacasa was also approached by the troubled Broadway Spider-Man musical to rework the script. It turns out that he intends to faithfully adapt the original novel by Stephen King rather than taking inspiration from the film by Brian De Palma.

Originally released in 1976, De Palma’s film starred Sissy Spacek in the title role. There was an unwarranted sequel, The Rage: Carrie 2, released in 1999, as well as a TV movie broadcast on NBC in 2002.

Entertainment Weekly spoke to King himself, who appears to be on two minds about the idea. “Why, when the original was so good,” says King, citing how the film was, “much better than the book.” High praise indeed, though he says he could get behind the remake if David Cronenberg or David Lynch were to direct, and even suggests, “Lindsay Lohan as Carrie White,” saying, “it would certainly be fun to cast.”

Screen Gems are known for the Resident Evil and Underworld horror franchises, as well as having success with horror remakes When a Stranger Calls and Quarantine (remade from the Spanish film [Rec]). With King’s novel about a teenage girl discovering she has mysterious telekinetic powers, the story is simply primed for a 3D makeover.

Sources: Deadline | EW

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