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Stephen King's CARRIE Is Being Re-Adapted Again


Merrick here...

Comic author/playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa - who was recently recruited to salvage the legendarily challenged SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK Broadway musical - will next turn his sight on a re-adaptation of Stephen King's CARRIE.

King's tale of a vengeful and telekinetic teenage girl was famously adapted by Brian De Palma back in 1976 (HERE)...

...and was awkwardly sequelized via THE RAGE in 1999 (HERE) before being re-adapted as THIS 2002 telefilm starring Angela Bettis. 

Per THIS piece at Deadline, Aguirre-Sacasa will write a version that is more faithful to the King book than the earlier movie, much the same as Joel and Ethan Coen went back to the Charles Portis novel True Grit to present a version that didn't really feel like a remake.

Every girl I dated pretty much behaved like Carrie does at the end of this story, so I've never fully understood what the big deal is here. 


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  • May 20, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

    good luck with that.

    by Richard

    Carrie the musical ?

  • May 20, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Don't bother

    by Davidhessstation

    You can't top the original and the remake sucked

  • May 20, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    More faithful to the book????

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I never read the book, but going off of the Wikipedia write up, it sounds like all the changes made for the original film were for the better. I have a feeling now when everyone makes a shit remake they're going to say hey, we're going the True Grit route because it was good.

  • May 20, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    Make Carrie a guy

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Who gets bullied for being a Lady Gaga fan!

  • May 20, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Sissy Spacek...

    by Hellstrom

    Could play the mother part now...that would be interesting... Still, do we really have a director who can surpass or even match the style of the original film?? And the book, as I recall, is written in several different styles (third person narrative, journal entries, news reports) and points of view. I do not know how that would shake out on film? More docu-like?

  • Don't drag them into this

  • May 20, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST

    And hey even the Coen's aren't totally successful

    by Samuel Fulmer

    on the reamake front. Remember Ladykillers!

  • May 20, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Get Tyrese to play Carrie. Mel Gibson to play the mother

    by Knobules

  • May 20, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Fuck get that bitch a way from this classic.

    by shutupfanboy

    The movie is pretty damn close to the book, so I am not sure WTF they are talking about.

  • May 20, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Lar Van Trier should direct

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Carrie to be Nazi. Jane Lynch to play the gym teacher. Dakota Fanning as Carrie. Fat dude from Modern Family as possibly gay principal. Miley Cyrus as bully. Justin Beiber as bully's boyfriend. Jennifer Garner as Miss Marple....I mean Carrie's mom.

  • May 20, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Chris Colfer is CARRIE: THE MUSICAL coming in 2013

    by Andy Pandy

  • May 20, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST


    by Samuel Fulmer

    Get your name from smoking too much crack?

  • May 20, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    De Palma is a genius

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Sure he's made some bad films, but he's made 30 or so. And if any thing, he's vastly underrated.

  • May 20, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    scorchy aka dickless

    by MainMan2001

    De Palma is one of the most underrated directors ever! Lets see here: Blow-Out Carrie(no need what so ever for a remake) Scarface Dressed to Kill Raising Cain Femme Fatal yeah, his made some bad movies but so have all great directors. For instance, Scorsese-New York, New York, Gangs of New York(except for opening fight sequence and Bill), Spielberg( 1941, Always, ect) Anyone who doesn't like De Palma doesn't have the right to like Cinema. His movies are the reflection of what movies have to offer.

  • May 20, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    by Richard

    i liked gangs of new york :(

  • May 20, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST


    by BSB

    She was pretty good as a psychopath in The Roommate and she's primo eye candy.

  • May 20, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Carrie! Now with 100% less bush! Ya know?

    by UltraTron

    For kids!

  • May 20, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    What's wrong with gangs? Great movie. I woulda

    by UltraTron

    preferred more of the bald Irish guy shouting they'll be no niggery here! In fact that should have been his superhero catchphrase. Every time he entered a scene- No!! They'll be no niggery here!!!

  • May 20, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    If it has to be done

    by Papa Lazaru

    I'd like to see it set in the 50's rather then modern day. Take it back to the birth of the teenager and rock and roll. Like Grease but without the songs and a lot more blood and cruelty

  • May 20, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    You're forgetting another adaptation...

    by davida4348

    The best of the bunch - 1982s "Zapped" with Scott Baio and Willie Aames

  • May 20, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    In the Red Universe

    by PhilipMarlowe

    Spacik never had a nose job.

  • May 20, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST


    by ByTor


  • May 20, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Ryan Reynolds is on my bag of Doritos

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Wearing green spandex looking very effeminate and fey. Is this somewho supposed to entice people to watch Green Lantern?

  • May 20, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    One re-adaptation I can get behind.

    by David Cloverfield

    In the book Carrie is more terrifying. His "power levels" are a lot more comic book on the pages. She destroys the whole town, not just the party, and you have the feeling he could ravage the whole continent if she didn't let herself get stabbed. (Same with the little girl from Firestarter, who - according to the book - could make the Sun go nova if she really wanted to.) If they make Carrie a global threat, hell if they put some Cloverfield like footage into it (cellphone recording of a floating girl ripping the town apart) and present her as the worst natural disaster to ever strike, this could be awesome. Get over with the drama in the first hour (it's not that original or exciting anyway) and make the thing Ronald Emmerich huge - Carrie shifting tectonic plates, vaporizing the police, blinking the military out of existence. We've seen "vengeful supernatural teen" a hundred thousand times in movies and TV. The only new thing they could bring to the table is the scale.

  • May 20, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    david cloverfield-Not a bad idea

    by Samuel Fulmer

    At least something different.

  • May 20, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    But we've SEEN this movie already...

    by Lord Elric


  • May 20, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    De Palma's film is ICONIC and remains relevant to this day

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    People can snigger at the dated hairstyles and polyester tuxedoes all they want, but the underlying dissection of high school classicism remains potent to this day, and De Palma directed the FUCK out of that movie. Plus, Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie will never be topped. Re-adpting it to be "closer to the book" is pretty inane, as, like Spielbergs Jaws, De Palma's film cut through the bullshit subplots and distracting "scrapbook" sctructure of Stephen King's book and plucked out all of the best stuff and junked what didn't work. Show ANY modern teenager the original Carrie, and I guarantee once they get their jokes about the "dated" look of the film out of the way early on, they'll be riveted.

  • May 20, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    after the botched sequel...

    by emeraldboy

    forget about it...

  • May 20, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    and there was a sequel called

    by emeraldboy

    carrie 2.

  • May 20, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Dirty Pillows

    by Damned if I can login

    We needs to see some big ol' dirty pillows...

  • May 20, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    And the only choice to play Carrie is: Johnny Depp

    by Damned if I can login

    Why not? He's in damned near everything else.

  • May 20, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST


    by jackofhearts29

    Let's just start calling them reabortions instead

  • May 20, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Love Helstrom's idea of Sissy Spacek playing the mom.

    by fanboy71

    I would watch this. Get Kat Dennings to play Carrie. She has that borderline kinda hot yet kinda strange look about her, and I want to see her dirty pillows in that silk dress. Carrie was much more powerful in the book than she was inthe film, surely due to budget constraints. The parts about rocks raining down on the house when a very young Carrie sees the next door neighbor sunbathing nude was left out, as well as several other scenes.

  • May 20, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    The original is perfect.

    by blackwood

    Untouchable, in my eyes. But it's the kind of perfect that stays perfect no matter what else is done with the source material -- I doubt that any attempt to adapt it will be as good a film as De Palma's. So, you know, whatevs.

  • May 20, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Ooooo-eee. Wud up wit dat? Wud up wit dat?

    by Cinemajerk

    Seriously. Why remake this AGAIN? The book isn't THAT MUCH different that a more "faithful" version is warranted. Boooooooooooring. Oooooooo-eeee. Wud up wit dat? Wud up wit dat?

  • May 20, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    And DAMN that trailer gives away almost ALL of the plot.

    by fanboy71

    I thought the trailers now days were bad at keeping a lid on the plot, but that one showed nearly all the important parts.

  • May 20, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    as long as they make it darker and add vampires

    by OSAMP1

    Come on Hollywood. There are new ideas out there. Or even different books out there to copy.

  • May 20, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Aw for fuck's sake!

    by ObiBen

  • May 20, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Hollywood... where original thought goes to die

    by SmokingRobot

    WTF? Are they serious?

  • May 20, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Will this one has flying CDs decapitating people?

    by kidicarus

  • May 20, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    More like flying iPods

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • May 20, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    If we're listing awesome De Palma films, please do not forget "Sisters"...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...and I'd throw in "Body Double," too. (But I wouldn't argue that one terribly hard, either.)

  • May 20, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    God, I hate this...

    by Sanyi

    CARRIE is a freakin' classic with great performances (and hey, there's Travolta!) and terrific music. De Palma is the Master and do not fuckin' touch this masterpiece! I know, I know it will be more faithful to the book...well, fuck off! Lousy excuse I say. Go, make something original! Jesus...I'm pissed off now.

  • May 20, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty - not only a comment on high school classicism,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    but an examination of feminine power in general. All activity in the movie in generated by the girls and the women in the cast. The boys and men are all ineffectual (impotent?) in their understanding of what is happening, or are acting under the influence of their girlfriends. It's truly girls gone wild. I only wish DePalma would have kept his love of split screen (which I love in Sisters and his stylized use of split lenses in Blow Out) out of the prom climax. It is well orchestrated, but is a distraction, for me at least.

  • May 20, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Good luck, remake filmmakers, you are going to need it.

    by AsimovLives

    And somewhere, Brian De Palma is laughing his head off.

  • May 20, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Scarface is a masterpiece

    by Spandau Belly

    But then again, that movie was a remake.

  • Sometimes stuff from the books are cut for a reason. I shudder to imagine how shitty the LotR movies would be with all the Tom Bombadil scenes left intact.

  • It also means you have to hand over your geek card, because it's revoked for life.

  • May 20, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Someone mentioned Jaws - its a perfect example

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    The fat was cut from the book; did we really need the Chief"s wife getting a nooner from Hooper? The lean was kept.

  • May 20, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST

    So this will somehow feature at least 1 Twilight cast member......

    by performingmonkey

    The girl will most definitely play Carrie like a pseudo-Kristen Stewart who, if we're lucky, might have two whole facial expressions - constipated and....more constipated!!

  • May 20, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    I shudder to imagine if they'd kept the Mafia subplot from Jaws.

    by Royston Lodge

  • Instead of good movies into bad movies?

  • May 20, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Saoirce Ronan would be good as Carrie White

    by palimpsest

    I'd go Alice Krige as her mother, tho Sissy Spacek is a great call for ole times sake. Leave this well alone though. The original movie is pitch-perfect as it is, the sequel and the TV remake both sucked the fat one, and there's already been a musical adaptation (and that was as much a disaster as SPIDERMAN: KILL OFF THE FRANCHISE threatens to be).

  • May 20, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    I hope Sissy Spacek has nothing to do with this

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Michael Caine sure as hell didn't help the Sleuth remake.

  • May 20, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST


    by Trixie

    As someone above so succinctly opined, apparently the way to turn a bad movie into a good one is to show more big ol' dirty pillows. <P> One can only imagine what perverse things *Damned if i can login* does with dirty laundry while watching Sissie Flatchest.

  • May 20, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    The Muchies needs a Remake

    by TheJudger

    The Video Dead comes to mind. Frankenhooker is another flick. The Thing with Two heads. Time Walker. Robot Monster. Terrorvision.

  • May 20, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Fuck it up! Fuck it up!

    by Some Dude

    That's all I got.

  • May 20, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Carrey - Starring Jim

    by Mel

    Id pay to see that

  • May 20, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    read the book and the movie is pretty faithful

    by Jaster

    The only differences I remember was some flashback scenes from when Carrie was a child. One in particular, which would make a cool scene, was when she made it rain boulders from teh sky and destroy her house.

  • May 20, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    That CH trailer was dam ugly.

    by Knobules

    Looked like more wangs than guts. Didnt know it was a wang movie.

  • May 20, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Make it STOP!!! Remakes, reboots.....AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!

    by IronEagle74


  • We need more grannies in muscle cars drag racing with Ghoulie rip offs if you ask me. 3D can suck it.

  • May 20, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Here's an idea: A whole school filled with Carrie's!

    by MooseMalloy

    Steal at will.

  • May 20, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    So a bullied kid goes on to kill her entire school

    by Nukemarine

    Instead of guns, shotguns and/or home-made bombs, she uses telekinesis. In addition to her tormentors, she kills the ones backing her up. I never liked the idea in the original movie, so I never saw Carrie as a heroine or justified. Only a kid given a gun with no idea how to wield it justly. At least in the "sequel", the ones killed mainly seemed like assholes and many unknowns could get away. Anyway, if they do a remake, at least stress the aftermath of this on the town like King did in the book. If there's one thing you notice about King's books is that he usually stresses what all the supernatural events did to the survivors.

  • May 20, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Even De Palma regretted using split-screens in Carrie

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Supposedly, he was dissatisfied with the effect, but had blocked certain shots so they'd only work via split-screen, so he was forced to keep some of them in the movie (although he pruned out what he could).

  • May 20, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Carrie needs to be overweight and unattractive

    by Turingtestee

    Set in the 50's is a great idea. While the aftermath is a major focus of the book, and would give give it an extra layer of drama I would like to see, how would that be accomplished in a way that does not use voice over, flashbacks, and television news coverage-like gimmicks?

  • Leave the intro though. Have the guy go on the rag and all the dudes in the locker room pelt him with tampons.

  • May 20, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Get De Palma and remake it with the exact same cast

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    like some weird-ass Brady Bunch movie thing where they're clueless about being 60-year-old high school students.

  • May 21, 2011, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

    by BookhouseBoy


  • May 21, 2011, 5:07 a.m. CST

    What about The friggin' Talisman?!?!?

    by Flip63Hole

    I've been waiting over twenty friggin' years. I'll never forgive Spielberg for sitting on the rights and not directing it himself. He'd be the perfect director for it. Either that or get HBO to do a three-season miniseries. Bastards.

  • May 21, 2011, 5:54 a.m. CST

    I thought the tv movie with Angela Bettis was good

    by chien_sale

    They should have made it a tv series where they try to find other mutants like the girl from Fire Starters and that guy from Dead Zone. Or those people in The Fury.

  • Star Trek certainly needs that badly.

  • May 21, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Who was it that said that only bad movies should be remade?

    by AsimovLives

    Because that sound slike a very good advise. Well, occasionally, a remake of a good movie can work, like John Carpenter's THE THING. But such exceptions are so few and far between they barely count.

  • May 21, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I think the boulders rain is referenced in dialogue in the movie Carrie.

  • May 21, 2011, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Not sure.

    by Sithtastic

    Both the dismal sequel and the re-adaption tele-film (also allegedly more true to the King novel) seemed superfluous. De Palma did a good job with the original and Piper and Spacek were awesome in their parts. Still, if you wanted to update it, I don't know where you'd want to go with it, exactly. The character Carrie was downtrodden and noted for wearing the same homemade looking clothes every day, aside from being awkward. The mother was a religious zealot. Those performances are already top notch. Why mess with a classic?

  • May 21, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    I'm hoping this version explains...

    by Gabe Athouse

    ...why the daughter is apparently from the American south and the mother is pretending to be British.

  • May 21, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST

    I think it should be about Carrie's menstruation problems

    by chien_sale

  • May 22, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    The King novel was pretty slight.

    by Orbots Commander

    Not sure what kind of fat cutting happened there for the movie. What DePalma did was essentially craft a dramatic narrative onto a story premise that King told in faux eyewitness flashbacks and fake newspaper clippings. Not that the King book wasn't good, but it was a different thing. DePalma pretty much took the source material and went further with it, a type of re-write or re-imagining if you will.

  • May 22, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    !! They're all gonna laugh at you !!

    by silverdog

    and your lame remake....