MGM and Screen Gems are getting ready to dump pigs' blood on a new generation of horror fans. Deadline reports that they are currently in talks with Kimberly Peirce to direct a remake of Carrie. The film is based on the original classic adaptation of the Stephen King thriller about "the telekinetic teenager who gets pushed too far at the prom and wreaks havoc on her fellow high school students." The original film was released in 1976 and starred Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, and Amy Irving, with Piper Laurie as the repressive mother.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa penned the script for the remake. He is responsible for doing the rewrite that helped Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark on Broadway avoid going dark. Aguirre-Sacasa planned on crafting a version that is more faithful to Kings book and more grounded than the Brian De Palma-directed film. I enjoy the original film and am interested in seeing this new project.
This may seem like an odd choice to some, but Peirce does have a handle on telling coming of age stories about females. She directed Boys Don’t Cry, which starred Hillary Swank, and recently directed Stop-Loss. This could turn out to be a very solid movie, even though the idea of "remakes" is not popular.
What are your thoughts?