'Boys Don't Cry' Director Kimberly Peirce in Talks to Remake 'Carrie'
"Take Carrie to the prom. I dare you!" Another year, and more remakes. Deadline is reporting that director Kimberly Peirce is "in talks" to take over the Carrie remake in the works at MGM & Screen Gems. Last year we reported that those studios were bringing on Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, a Broadway writer (who worked on patching up the Spider-Man musical), to work on the Carrie remake script. Peirce most recently directed the rather atrocious Stop-Loss (2008), as well as Oscar winner Boys Don't Cry. To be honest, this seems like a fairly good fit for her, and if anything I'm optimistic and curious to see what she does with this.
As mentioned in this update, Aguirre-Sacasa's script is "more faithful to the [original Stephen] King book [this is based on], and more grounded than the Brian De Palma-directed film." The original film, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name first published in 1974, followed a telekinetic teenager who gets pushed too far at the prom and wreaks havoc on her fellow high school students. Sissy Spacek starred in the original, which means there's a definite big lead role for some young girl to snag once this begins casting. I'm curious to see how it turns out, but I'm not sure if it'll hold a flame to the original. We'll continue to keep on eye on this as it continues to develop, despite the many complaints about it. Anyone else optimistic?