Advice to those remaking Carrie: They're all gonna laugh at you!
Ten years must be a little too long for the public to have to wait to see a CARRIE movie (at least according to Hollywood) so MGM is returning to the well and developing another adaptation of Stephen King's classic 1974 novel. Despite a horrible Broadway production in 1988, a horrible sequel in 1999 and an equally as horrible TV movie in 2002, MGM is hoping to breathe new life into a franchise that peaked in 1976 with the admittedly classic Brian De Palma film.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who recently signed on to rewrite "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" as it went on hiatus, will write a new script for the studio. MGM will team with Screen Gems, Sony's genre division, for the film in an attempt to revitalize their film output. (They also recently agreed to partner with Sony on THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.)
It's unclear whether this new version will be a more an adaptation of King's first published novel. Either way, De Palma's version was fairly faithful to the book, at least as much as a film can be. Somewhat ironically, King is not particularly a fan of "Carrie" saying it's like a cookie baked by a first grader: "tasty enough, but kind of lumpy and burned on the bottom."
Speaking of King, he's heard about the remake too and had this to say: "The real question is why, when the original was so good? I mean, not CASABLANCA, or anything, but a really good horror-suspense film, much better than the book." My thoughts exactly.
So if they're going to go ahead with a CARRIE remake, who should star? Dakota Fanning?