March 24, 2017

“Carrie” reboot recruits “Spider-Man” scribe


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Get your dress ready for prom and fill up those buckets with pig blood, because Hollywood’s moving forward with a remake of “Carrie.”

Brian DePalma’s 1976 thriller about a bullied girl (Sissy Spacek) cursed with telekinetic powers was, in itself, an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name. Now MGM and Screen Gems say they are moving ahead with a new take on the “Carrie” tale, and they have hired “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark” playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to write a script, THR says.

That’s a great hire. Aguirre-Sacasa was the one hired to fix the troubled book for the “Spider-Man” Broadway show. A playwright, he also writes comics for Marvel, and no doubt respects the idea of canon, which is vital to adapting a novelist like King.

No word on when the studios want their “Carrie” in theaters. Stay tuned for more information.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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