Stephen King's 'Carrie' to Get Remake Treatment (Again)

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Kimberly Pierce 'Carrie' Remake

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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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Renee Miller's picture
Renee Miller from Tweed, Ontario is reading The Wolf Gift January 5, 2012 - 12:38pm

Is nothing sacred? For the love of...

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. January 5, 2012 - 1:47pm

As Bodhidharma said, "(everying is) endlessly open.  Nothing is sacred."

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine January 5, 2012 - 2:06pm

I wouldn't kick a Cro-berg Carrie out of bed. And the man's already a King vet.

I love David Lynch, and would love to see him make a full-on horror movie one day, but his is a style that doesn't really lend itself to adapting other people's work (see: Dune). I want to see him take the scary bits from Lost Highway and Mulholland Dr. and turn them to 11.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break January 5, 2012 - 2:17pm

But couldn't he just make 10 louder?

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Ira Levin January 5, 2012 - 2:27pm

Flight of the Navigator... hahaha

Or what about a Short Circuit remake :P

It seams nothing is sacred these days, not even The Goonies :(

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest January 5, 2012 - 2:37pm

I want a Mannequin remake... LOL! And, Flight of the Navigator would be cool. I loved that movie as a kid. Wasn't that Sarah Jessica Parker? 

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. January 5, 2012 - 8:00pm

@Moon, I'm sure the actor who played "Hollywood" is still available.

Who would have thought that King's story about mentrual blood and telekinesis would have such a long legacy?  Never underestimate men's fear of women on their periods.

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Campbell from New York is reading Websters Dictionary January 5, 2012 - 9:41pm

Good grief. I always get Carrie and Christine mixed up. Which one do they pour the pigs blood over the old hot rod and then it plays Fats Domino at the prom?

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break January 6, 2012 - 5:46am

That's Carrie.

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Sarah Metts from Rock Hill, SC is reading A Game of Thrones January 6, 2012 - 9:53am

"They're all gonna laugh at you."

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine January 6, 2012 - 10:20am

Plug it up! Plug it up!

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