Stephen King's 'Carrie' to Get Remake Treatment (Again)
Most of you guys went totally nutter butters when you heard American Psycho was getting the remake treatment. Now we've gotten word that Stephen King's Carrie is also going to get an updated spin.
C'mon, Hollywood, what the hell? You can't remake The Wizard or Flight of the Navigator?
Anyway, regarding this new Carrie, it's going to be directed by Kimberly Peirce of Boys Don't Cry and Stop-Loss fame. Peirce notes that this remake will actually adhere closer to the source material of the King novel and be 'more grounded' than the Brian De Palma film. On scribe duties (and this feels like a curveball) is Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. He's got some experience writing about abnormal teens from his work on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, although going from the web-shooting wall crawler (in a play) to a film about a paranormal prom queen feels abrupt.
Subsequent takes on Carrie has thus far been rather bad. There was the Broadway musical that lost eight million bucks, the 2002 TV series, not to mention The Rage: Carrie 2, all of which met a similar fate of bad reviews and lackluster performance. Peirce is working with the deck stacked against her, but hopefully she can bring some life back into this project.
Now as unwarranted as I think most remakes are, at least this one is coming over thirty-five years after the original. That it's time to expose this story to a new audience card works a little better in this particular instance. Stephen King is still lobbying for David Cronenberg or David Lynch to take the helm, and quite frankly, I could see either of those working. Time will tell if Peirce is up to the task, or if this turns out to be another flop in the shaky Carrie legacy.
What do you think, LitReactors: thumbs up or down on this remake?
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